By News Team
Last Updated: 18th November 2021
Steve Bruce walked away from Newcastle soon after their recent Saudi led takeover becoming the latest Premier League casualty, and speculation is always rife as to who could be next, so we’ve put together the top five in the market below.
We take a look at the likely candidates that could face an exit or go on to bigger and better things.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – Manchester United
The pressure has been building on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United for some time and he remains the favourite in the next manager to leave market. After spending big money this summer to sign Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and bring back Cristiano Ronaldo, United fans would have been expecting their side to be challenging for the title this season.
However, so far, things haven’t gone to plan as United have registered just one win in their last seven Premier League games, losing out to West Ham, Aston Villa and Leicester. The situation was compounded by the five-goal humiliation they suffered at the end of last month in front of the Old Trafford faithful at the hands of rivals Liverpool.
After that some serious questions about Solskjaer’s leadership and tactical astuteness are rightly being asked. With suggestions of discontent in the dressing room, and the fans beginning to get frustrated too it’s no surprise Solskjaer is the favourite to leave next at odds of 4/7.
Rafael Benitez – Everton
The former Napoli and Real Madrid boss has been at the helm for Everton since the summer and after a promising start they are now winless in their last five Premier League fixtures. It doesn’t look like letting up for the Toffee’s either as they travel to Manchester City next before having to take on rivals Liverpool and Chelsea all within their next five matches.
Currently sitting eleventh, there’s been much speculation about where Rafa will be spending Everton’s cash in the upcoming transfer window and that could be make or break for the Spaniard.
The former Newcastle United boss is the second favourite to leave at 6/1, though he’ll really have to do some damage in the next few weeks if he is to trouble Ole at the head of affairs.
Claudio Ranieri – Watford
Watford have one of the highest manager turnovers of any club in the league, and Claudio Ranieri is the third to take up the position at Vicarage Road in 14 months, after the departure of Xisco Munoz in early October.
Ranieri endured a tough start to the role when, like Ole, on the wrong end of a thrashing from Liverpool, but his team rebounded in style against the Red’s Merseyside rivals Everton, winning a thrilling encounter 5-2.
Ranieri will be forever associated with Leicester’s extraordinary triumph in 2015/16 and it will be interesting to see how high Watford’s expectations are for their new manager. With the Hornets next fixture coming against Manchester United, victory or defeat for either side could really shake the market up, but at present Ranieri is the clear 8/1 third favourite.
Ralph Hasenhuttl – Southampton
The south coast side are enjoying a fruitful time of things currently, recording three victories from their last five outings. This fine run of form has led Hasenhuttl to be linked with vacant managerial posts in recent weeks.
The 54-year-old was linked with roles now filled by Dean Smith and Steven Gerrard at Norwich City and Aston Villa respectively.
In a strange turn of events, Hasenhuttl will now face the aforementioned Smith for the second time in as many games when facing Norwich in their next fixture, this comes after Southampton registered a one nil victory over Smith’s Aston Villa in their last match.
If the good form continues for the Austrian who knows who will come knocking, that’s why he can be backed at 14/1.
Marcelo Bielsa – Leeds United
Having been at Leeds since 2018, Bielsa has often been complimented on his managerial style and that’s why he sits in fifth position in the next manager to leave market.
Having won two, drawn two and registered just the one defeat in their last five fixtures, Leeds are by no means struggling. However, they could be doing better and they have proved in the past they are better than where they currently lie.
If a patch of form isn’t strung together on the back of these last five fixtures, rumours could easily swirl and the Argentinians price of 14/1 may look on the large side.