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Jol leading London sack race, but Holloway not far behind

| 25.09.2013

As Premier League sacking season begins in earnest, Ladbrokes are offering some special prices on the next London manager to leave his post, with Fulham’s Martin Jol topping the bill.

If the Premier League standings reflected manager affability rather than games won, drawn or lost then Cottagers boss Jol would have nothing to worry about.

However, unluckily for the Dutchman, it doesn’t. The real table shows Fulham on four points after five games, following on from a torrid run at the back-end of last season where Jol oversaw six losses from their last eight league games.

Unsurprisingly therefore, the former Tottenham boss is shortest in the betting to be the next London-based Prem manager to leave, at odds of 4/7.

The next thinnest layer of ice can be found at Selhurst Park where the slightly spikier Ian Holloway is 7/2, after gaining just three points from Crystal Palace’s opening five games.

It was always going to be a tough assignment for the Bristolian to pick up results, but everyone knows managers live and die by points-accumulation, and if this barren spell continues, it’s easy to see the axe falling sooner rather than later.

Despite the reestablishment of West Ham as a Premier League club last season, 6/1 on Sam Allardyce is a reflection that some in east London have never quite warmed to the ‘big man’s’ methods.

A very flat start to the season need only continue for the dissenting voices at Upton Park to make themselves heard.

Predicting the will of 18/1 shot Jose Mourinho always makes him an interesting bet, especially in light of his self-propelled acrimonious exit in his previous stint.

Seemingly far more secure though, are the managers of the current top two teams in the Premier League, Arsene Wenger and Andre Villas-Boas, both 20/1 shots respectively.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

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