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Sack Race: Redknapp gains on Pardew after Irons blow

| 06.10.2014

It’s the race that no one wants to win but QPR’s Harry Redknapp is doing his best to catch up with leader Alan Pardew.

The Premier League sack race continues to be dominated by the Newcastle manager after the Magpies’ search for that elusive first win continued with the 2-2 draw with Swansea.

However, despite winning earlier in the season, it is QPR who sit rock bottom of the Premier League – making Redknapp’s price to be the next manager to leave the one that is dropping the fastest.

Pardew continues to lead the race at 1/2 but with Papiss Cisse back among the goals and owner Mike Ashley publicly backing his man the value could lie with the Rs boss.

Redknapp is now as short as 5/2 to be the next man out despite being heavily backed in the transfer window by chairman Tony Fernandes.

The former Tottenham, Portsmouth and West Ham boss was as long as 12/1 just a week ago but the odds have tumbled with the Hoops putting in a feeble display against the Irons.

Redknapp revealed in the summer that had he failed to get the Loftus Road club back into the Premier League he would have considered retirement and he increasingly looks like a man who has lost the fight needed for a club in QPR’s predicament.

Rangers are bottom of the league on goal difference having lost five and drawn one of their seven games so far and with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City three of their four opponents following this week’s international break an upturn in form does not look likely.

A total of four points after seven games is not ideal, but with Newcastle and Burnley matching that total and Everton only two points better off there is hope.

However, should the points total not have improved when there are 11 games in the ‘played’ column of the table then Redknapp’s position could become untenable.

Elsewhere, Sean Dyche remains a tempting pick, with Burnley still searching for their first win of the campaign.

Dyche is revered at Turf Moor but with the odds shortening from 25/1 to 16/1 over the week it could pay to back him before the price disappears completely.

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

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.