There’s a new favourite in the Premier League managerial sack race: Southampton manager Mark Hughes. The Saints currently sit uncomfortably in 17th place, and there is a widespread feeling that should they fail to win today at Fulham, Hughes is unlikely to stay in his post past this weekend. Fulham are stuck at the bottom of the table, but a win today would bring them level on points with Southampton.
Southampton had developed a reputation as something of a model club, a well-run institution that other Premier League sides should emulate. However, since Hughes was appointed in March, results have been disappointing. Hughes has won 3 of the 20 games played since his arrival, while his team have scored in only 3 of their last 8 league outings.
Disagreement Over Mourinho’s Position
All the major bookmakers agree that Hughes is the Premier League manager most likely to find himself seeking a new position. SkyBet and Paddy Power put the odds of him being sacked at 4/6, while William Hill are currently offering 4/9. However, there is a lack of consensus around the likely future of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
Despite suffering a poor start to the season, Manchester United have seemed much improved in recent weeks and Mourinho’s position appears more assured. William Hill have him a longshot at 12/1, though other bookmakers are less confident of his situation. Paddy Power have him at 15/2, while SkyBet is offering odds of 4/1, just behind Hughes.
Cardiff and Huddersfield are also struggling this season, but there is still some remaining goodwill for the achievements of their managers, Neil Warnock and David Wagner, and a sense that both are doing their best with extremely limited resources. SkyBet is currently offering odds of 12/1 on Warnock being sacked, with Wagner at 20/1.