Odds on Rafa being next Premier League boss to leave are slashed as Solskjaer continues to cling on

The managerial merry-go-round is in full swing with five of the 20 top-flight teams already opting to sack their boss. Could the Everton boss be the next out of the door?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains odds on to be the next Premier League to leave but he has already seen off Dean Smith and Daniel Farke since taking over favouritism.

With the Manchester United hierarchy showing no signs of pulling the trigger and a winnable game against Watford next up, Solskjaer looks safe for the time being.

Opposition manager Claudio Ranieri (15/2) is next in line to go but it is Everton boss Rafa Benitez, at 8/1, who represents a spot of value in this market, even as his odds continue to shorten.

Similar to Nuno Espirito Santo, few would have envisioned his job being in jeopardy this early in the season after an impressive start to the campaign.

The Toffees took 10 points from the first 12 available to fuel hopes of a Champions League push.

Seamus Coleman Everton disappointed Nov21 vs Wolves

Just one win has followed and Everton have slid to 11th - below Tottenham who have already dispensed with Nuno.

Rumours of a return to Newcastle, along with the Spaniard's last role - a 38-game stint at Dalian in China - haven't helped engender a sense of permanency on Merseyside.

Winless in five, Everton's travel to the Etihad next up having lost their last eight encounters with Manchester City.

Another defeat and those odds will keep shortening.

Here, Planet Sport looks at some of Rafa's rivals in the Next Manager to Leave market, complete with odds from Planet Sport Bet.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Man Utd)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United Nov21

Solskjaer is barely clinging on to his job following back-to-back league defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City.

The Norwegian is odds-on to be the next manager to leave his post amid rumours United have already approached Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers about taking over at Old Trafford.

Some of the United dressing room are also reportedly unhappy with Solskjaer's tactics and treatment of players. Solskjaer has been in charge of the club he used to play for since 2018, but this is undoubtedly the toughest period of his tenure.

It would be difficult to see Solskjaer surviving a defeat to Watford next up.

Claudio Ranieri (Watford)

Claudio Ranieri Watford Oct21

Charismatic Italian Claudio Ranieri is Watford's second manager this season, but that hasn't deterred the bookies from making him one of the market principals.

The man who lifted the Premier League title with 5000/1 underdogs Leicester in 2016 began his Watford journey with a disappointing 5-0 defeat to Liverpool, with his team comprehensively outplayed in every department.

The Hornets reacted to the loss in stunning fashion, winning 5-2 at Everton to heap the pressure on opposite number Rafa Benitez. Josh King's hat-trick along with goals from Juraj Kucka and Emmanuel Dennis sent the Watford supporters home believing that Ranieri could be the right man for the job.

However, two consecutive 1-0 defeats have followed at the hands of Southampton and Arsenal to crank up the temperature in the hottest of hotseats.

Ralph Hasenhuttl (Southampton)

Ralph Hasenhuttl Southampton manager Nov21

The Austrian has been in charge since 2018 and has brought stability to St Mary's.

Unbeaten in their last four Premier League matches, they sit 13th having managed 11th- and 15th-place finishes in Hasenhuttl's two full seasons in charge.

Survival will again be the aim after key departures in the summer but injuries to key players, including James Ward-Prowse, have weakened an already compact squad.

Safe for now, Hasenhuttl's side are prone to long winless spells. A defeat to Norwich, who will be desperate to get off to a good start under former Villa boss Dean Smith, will have Saints fans worrying.

Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds United)

Marcelo Bielsa Leeds Aug21

Known for his unique coaching strategies, the Argentinian is held in high regard by many of the game's top managers, including Manchester City's Pep Guardiola.

The Elland Road club achieved a superb ninth-place finish last season, gaining the most points of any newly promoted side since Ipswich Town 20 years ago, with 59.

Although Bielsa has been able to keep hold of all his key players, they have not been able to build on the promise of the 2020/21 season and find themselves just three points above the relegation zone.

Four of the five clubs below them have already sacked their managers, could Leeds be the next to wield the axe?

Brendan Rodgers (Leicester City)

Brendan Rodgers Leicester City Nov21

The Northern Irishman has been heavily linked with the Manchester United job after helping Leicester to successive fifth-place finishes.

He has not had it all his own way this season, however, and the Foxes are sitting in 12th place after 11 matches.

Injuries have been a problem for Rodgers, particularly in defensive positions, and they are in danger of an early exit from the Europa League.

Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea are next up at the King Power before a crucial home match against Legia Warsaw in the Europa League.

Defeats in both won't be terminal for Rodgers but if his mind is elsewhere, he may choose to walk.

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