Chelsea eased the pressure on manager Frank Lampard with a convincing 4-0 victory over Morecambe in Sunday’s third-round FA Cup tie at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard was installed as the new favourite for the chop in the Premier League sack race after the 3-1 defeat to Manchester City last weekend left the Blues nine points off leaders Liverpool.
A potential banana skin cup tie against League Two Morecambe was perhaps the last thing Lampard wanted amid reports the Chelsea hierarchy have drawn together a shortlist of managerial candidates to replace him at Stamford Bridge.
However, Chelsea put on a professional display to cruise past their lower-league opponents with timely goals for summer signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz a welcome bonus.
Their first win since December 21 prompted movement in the market as Lampard drifted to 7/2 in the ‘Next Premier League Manager To Leave’ market.
Chris Wilder is the new favourite for the axe despite seeing his Sheffield United side finally record their first win of the season at Bristol Rovers.
Wilder was 3/1 to go next ahead of the weekend fixtures but shortened to 4/9 after squeezing past League One Rovers 3-2 at the Memorial Ground on Saturday.
Next manager to go (via Sky Bet)
- Chris Wilder (4/9)
- Frank Lampard (7/2)
- Roy Hodgson (10/1)
- Graham Potter (12/1)
- Steve Bruce (12/1)
- Sam Allardyce (12/1)
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