Steve Bruce on thin ice as Premier League Sack Race odds revealed

Despite the unpopular appointments of Rafa Benitez and Patrick Vieira, the Newcastle boss is among the favourites to be the first to go in 2021/22.

Steve Bruce guided Newcastle United to Premier League safety in 2020/21 thanks to an impressive run of form during the tail-end of the campaign but that has been quickly forgotten - at least if the bookmakers are to be believed.

The Magpies boss is just 8/1 to be the first casualty of the new season after the Premier League Sack Race odds were revealed.

There was better news for another coach who was walking a managerial tightrope for most of last season, however, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rated at 40/1 to be the first to get his P45.

Solskjaer was favourite in the Sack Race for large chunks of last season but those odds give him the same level of security as Manchester City's Pep Guardiola and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is yet to win silverware at Old Trafford
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is yet to win silverware at Old Trafford

We spoke exclusively with BetVictor's head of ante-post football Michael Triffitt about the market.

"Steve Bruce did well to steady the Toon ship on Tyneside but such is the uncertainty involving the ownership that he may be skating on thin ice and is just 8/1," said Triffitt.

"He spent a number of weeks as favourite towards the start of last season, as did Southampton's Ralph Hasenhuttl - who is second favourite at 6/1.

"Hasenhuttl was involved in a roller-coaster season on the south coast at Southampton. If the Saints can't persuade star striker Danny Ings to stay they may be involved in a relegation fight and the Austrian could start to feel the heat and is 6/1 to leave first."

Watford manager Xisco Munoz
Watford manager Xisco Munoz

Watford manager Xisco Munoz is the early favourite at 4/1.

The Hornets are no strangers to hiring and firing managers. Since taking over the club in 2012, the Pozzo family have had 14 different permanent bosses.

Watford are also among the favourites for relegation.

"Xisco Munoz did a fine job guiding Watford to promotion but his employer's poor record for hiring and firing means he is the 4/1 favourite to be first to feel the axe," said Triffitt.

Over the summer there have been four new appointments with Bruno Lage taking charge at Wolves, Patrick Vieira at Crystal Palace, Rafa Benitez at Everton and Nuno Espirito Santo going in at Tottenham.

Of the new managers, Lage and Vieira are least fancied to stay around long-term, rated at 14/1.

"With Everton, Crystal Palace and Tottenham filling managerial vacancies, the PL now has a full complement of managers and predicting who will be the first to depart will be an intriguing quest," continued Triffitt.

"The jury is also out on how Nuno Espirito and Rafa Benitez will handle the pressure, with part of the fanbase not overly happy with their appointments with Spurs and Everton, meaning this is certainly a tough market to find the winner."

Premier League sack race odds:

Xisco Munoz 4/1

Ralph Hasenhuttl 6/1

Steve Bruce 8/1

Sean Dyche 10/1

Daniel Farke 10/1

Mikel Arteta 12/1

Bruno Lage 14/1

Patrick Vieira 14/1

Thomas Tuchel 14/1

David Moyes 16/1

Graham Potter 16/1

Thomas Frank 16/1

Nuno Espirito Santo 20/1

Rafa Benitez 20/1

Dean Smith 25/1

Brendan Rodgers 33/1

Marcelo Bielsa 33/1

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 40/1

Pep Guardiola 40/1

Jurgen Klopp 40/1