Odds slashed on Pulis departure
A flurry of bets has seen the odds slashed on Tony Pulis to be the first Premier League manager to leave their post. The West Brom boss was reportedly unhappy at the clubs transfer dealings over the summer although they did eventually splash the cash, bringing in Nacer Chadli from Spurs amongst others. However following Albion's takeover by a Chinese consortium, it appears the uncertainty surrounding his future has resurfaced.
In the past 24 hours, Pulis has gone from 16/1 with BetVictor to win the so called 'sack race'to just 3/1, despite West Brom sitting comfortably in 10th place in the Premier League table. The cut in the odds has made Pulis the second favourite in the market in somewhat of a surprising turn of events, however Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin remains the favourite.
The 60-year-old Italian has come under pressure after the Swans unimpressive start to the Premier League season and reports have suggested that chairman Huw Jenkins has already held talks with former USA boss Bob Bradley, though Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs is also believed to be in the running should Swansea decide to part company with Guidolin. He is currently odds on with many bookmakers to be the first Premier League managerial casualty, available at a best price of 8/11 with Skybet.
Pulis' position had looked precarious after his side lost 1-0 to Bournemouth at the start of September, with many of the travelling support audibly voicing their unhappiness at his style of play. However since that game, Albion recorded a 4-2 victory over West Ham as well as knicking a point at Stoke with an injury time equaliser to make it 1-1. Those four points have moved Albion in to the top half of the table though speculation remains.
The takeover by Chinese group Yunyi Guokai Sports Development Limited means that questions over Pulis' future were inevitable but it seems a surprise that the odds have shortened so drastically recently as oppose to one the takeover was first complete. Bookmakers slashing the odds on a certain market suggests that there has been significant interest so it seems unlikely there is no smoke without fire here.
Elsewhere in the market, Slaven Bilic and Mark Hughes are both among the other contenders. Bilic's West Ham side have lost five of their six Premier League games so far this season and sit in the bottom three as do Mark Hughes and Stoke, with two draws and four defeats from their opening six games.
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