Six Premier League managers have already bitten the dust this season 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.

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.

Since taking over at Vicarage Road, Watford have managed to win only two games under Claudio Ranieri and see themselves in a relegation battle.

Given the way the club’s owners hire and fire their managers, if Ranieri cannot turn things around at the helm of the Hornets, it will end in heartbreak and the Italian out of the door. At present Ranieri is the clear 6/5 favourite to leave first.

Rafael Benitez – Everton

The former Liverpool, Newcastle and Real Madrid boss has been at the helm for Everton since the summer and, after a promising start, has been hamstrung by injuries and a small squad.

After a winless run of eight games – including a damaging thrashing in the Merseyside Derby – the Toffees sprung a surprise win over Arsenal before reverting to type when losing at Crystal Palace, drawing at Chelsea and losing to Brighton.

Discontent off the pitch as well as Rafa’s previous love of all things Liverpool could eventually be his undoing and if Everton drift even closer to the drop zone that could come about sooner rather than later.

The former Newcastle United boss is second favourite to leave at 5/4.

Marcelo Bielsa – Leeds United

Having been at Leeds since 2018 and hailed as Marcelo the Messiah after getting the Whites promoted to the Premier League, the Argentinian is suddenly finding himself under real pressure.

He called the 7-0 capitulation to Man City the worst performance from his team in his time at Elland Road and this was closely followed by a 4-1 drubbing by Arsenal a week after. Although they suffered back-to-back heavy defeats, Leeds bounced back with a 3-1 victory over Burnley.

Bielsa’s renowned high press is no surprise anymore and Leeds have won just four games in 19. They have some nightmare fixtures to negotiate and Bielsa only has one-year left on his current deal.

While it is hard to see the Leeds board dispensing with his services, Bielsa is very much his own man and it would not be a shock to see him walk.

If a patch of form isn’t strung together on the back of these last five fixtures, rumours could easily swirl, and the Argentinian’s price of 11/1 may look like a solid choice.

Ralph Hasenhuttl – Southampton

Like Bielsa at Leeds, Austrian Hasenhuttl loves a high press, but his team have a habit of running out of steam late on and they have lost more points from winning positions than any other team in the Premier League so far this season.

Following a 3-0 loss to Arsenal in December, Southampton have managed to take draws off Palace and Spurs but also defeated West Ham away from home.

Due to these solid results, Southampton have managed to steer the ship away from relegation danger and Hassenhuttl is now fourth favourite to leave his role at 12/1.

Eddie Howe – Newcastle

When Eddie Howe took over Newcastle, it seemed that there would be no way back for the Toon Army but having beaten Burnley and taken a point off Manchester United, Newcastle are fighting their way back to stay in the Premier League.

Eddie Howe’s side now sit only two points off safety and with the news that they are signing Kieran Trippier in January, Newcastle fans should begin to feel confident that they will have enough to stay in the big league.

Eddie Howe is priced at 14/1 to leave St James’ Park.

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