The 2022/22 Premier League season has only just begun, and there will already be managers whose futures aren’t completely certain.
Whether it’s due to scraping through last season, new owners that may have different long-term views or a bad start, not every manager’s job is as secure as the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola. Find the latest Premier League manager sack race odds* for the 2022/23 season here, with the favourites to leave their positions first:
First Premier League manager to go odds from Sky Bet*
|Manager||Odds from Sky Bet|
|Erik ten Hag||7/2|
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First Premier League manager to go: who are the favourites?
Although we are only at the start of the Premier League season, there are a few managers whose jobs aren’t so secure.
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Ralph Hasenhuttl’s future unsure
The early favourite to be the first Premier League manager to leave their post in the 2022/23 season was Ralph Hasenhuttl. The Austrian did not have the best of seasons at Southampton in 2021/22, with Saints finishing just five points clear of the relegation zone with 16 defeats – their second consecutive 15th-placed finish.
Particularly bad was Southampton’s form towards the end of last season in which they won just one of their past 13 games across all competitions including four straight defeats to end the campaign, conceding 11 goals. According to reports shortly after the season ended, Southampton were flirting with the idea of sacking Hasenhuttl or undergoing a complete reshuffle of his backroom staff – and the latter is what has happened.
Coaches Craig Fleming, Dave Watson and Kelvin Davis were all let go over the summer, with Alex Clapham and Carl Martin coming in. Hasenhuttl is also being backed in the transfer market with Armel Bella-Kotchap and Gavin Bazunu brought in to bolster the Saints squad, the latter replacing Fraser Forster who has joined Tottenham.
Forster’s new club quickly squashed any optimism for the campaign with a 4-1 thrashing of Southampton in north London, although Saints did comeback from 2-0 down at Leeds to rescue a point.
Erik ten Hag’s nightmare start
What has gone on here? Erik ten Hag was supposed to be the start of a positive future for Manchester United, moving them away from the failures of the post-Alex Ferguson era but it’s been nothing short of a disaster.
Needing to be backed by the board in the summer transfer window to rebuild, Ten Hag has made just three signings so far and has seen his side lose their opening two Premier League matches. The first was bad, beaten 2-1 by Brighton at Old Trafford, but the second was a humiliation going 4-0 down to Brentford with all goals scored in the first half.
Man Utd are now bottom of the league and Ten Hag’s odds have been slashed from 14/1 to 7/2 within a week. And former Man Utd goalkeeper Tim Howard believes Ten Hag should have already seen changes with his players.
“The manager has had enough time. He’s had pre-season, a couple of games and he’s had time to work with his team,” he said on NBC.
“We don’t really see anything different from a tactical standpoint than we saw last year.
“I know he needs time but then again in this particular game, yes, I would’ve liked to have seen someone hooked in the middle of the first half whether it be a centre-half or a midfielder. Make a change, let everybody know, put them on notice.”
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Frank Lampard needs to prove himself
When Frank Lampard took over at Everton last season not many gave him a chance of keeping the Toffees in the Premier League. He hadn’t got the best out of a good Chelsea squad and lost eight of his opening 12 matches including a 4-0 thrashing in the FA Cup quarter-finals by Crystal Palace and 5-0 humbling against Tottenham.
However, Lampard eventually managed to turn things around starting with a 1-0 win over Manchester United at Goodison Park, a victory that would build the ground as something of a fortress. The Toffees would lose just one of their final five games at Goodison Park in the season, beaten by Brentford, but also managed to take all three points off of Lampard’s former side Chelsea.
Everton’s safety was confirmed by a fantastic comeback in their Goodison Park closer, coming from 2-0 down to beat Palace 3-2 in the penultimate game of the season. And yet Lampard is still fancied to be among the first to leave.
One reason for that could be how his second season at Chelsea went. After doing a decent enough job guiding the club to a fourth-placed finish while under a transfer ban having lost Eden Hazard to Real Madrid, Lampard had Chelsea languishing close to mid-table by January of his second season. Things didn’t get off to the best start for Lampard this season, losing to Chelsea, and with their injury issues it could be a long campaign.
Is Brendan Rodgers’ time up?
What’s going on at Leicester? There is less than two weeks to go in the summer transfer window and they are yet to sign anyone while also allowing Kasper Schmeichel to leave for Nice.
Sure, they have a pretty decent squad and should do better than last year with a clean bill of health, but they were already showing signs of stagnation in 2021/22. Then there was the opening weekend of the 2022/23 season.
Just after half-time of their game against Brentford at the King Power, Leicester were looking good, 2-0 up thanks to goals from Timothy Castagne and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall. But then the Foxes capitulated, allowing Brentford back into the game with goals from Ivan Toney and Josh Dasilva, adding to the poor mood around Leicester.