Author: Tony MacDonald
Published: 12:54 11/10/2015
Tim Sherwood has been backed in 'Next Premier League Manager To Leave Post' betting amid reports that recently sacked Liverpool boss Brendan Rogers is being lined up to replace him at Aston Villa.
The Villans are without a top-flight victory since recording a narrow 1-0 win away to newly-promoted Bournemouth on the opening day of the season and with difficult games against Chelsea, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Everton to come, the bookies have been quick to shorten Sherwood's odds.
As short as 5/2 with some firms, Sherwood can be backed to be the next Premier League manager to get the shove at a juicy 5/1 with Paddy Power.
The under-fire Villa boss has not done himself any favours by reportedly questioning the club's recruitment policy as the mainstay of 12 new arrivals at Villa Park during the summer transfer window have no Premier League experience. Indeed, Villa's head of recruitment Paddy Reilly and sporting director Hendrik Almstadt do have a lot to answer for on what we've seen so far, but complaining to the board is hardly going to turn things around on the pitch and Sherwood may have irked his employers.
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Steve McLaren currently heads the betting market at a general price of 7/4 and his future could hinge on Newcastle United's upcoming home tie with Norwich, followed by a trip to North-East rivals Sunderland. Defeat in both of those games would leave the Magpies rooted to the bottom of the table and most likely bring a premature end to his time on Tyneside.
Chelsea's withering title-defence has been the big story of the season so far and few would have predicted that after winning the Premier League last season, Jose Mourinho would be a 7/2 chance to get the chop. But that's just where the Blues find themselves at the moment and outcome of Saturday's Chelsea v Aston Villa clash could have severe ramifications on the managerial sack-race.