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Sack Race: Ignore favourite Redknapp, value lies with Hull’s Bruce

| 20.01.2015

Harry Redknapp continues to lead the Sack Race at odds of 11/8 to be the next top flight boss to leave his post but the value could lie elsewhere.

QPR may have the worst away record in Premier League history but the Rs manager has been backed by chairman Tony Fernandes and given his reputation as a shrewd transfer market player Redknapp is likely to be given time to turn things around at Loftus Road.

The advice then, could be to opt for Hull manager Steve Bruce who saw his odds slashed from 11/2 to 7/2 after the Tigers were handed a comprehensive 3-0 loss to West Ham at the weekend.

It wasn’t long ago that Bruce was being touted as the next Newcastle manager, but with his Hull side winning just two of their last 16 matches he appears to be clinging on to the job he already has by a thread.

Jack Beresford of Ladbrokes said: “Bruce has gone from catching the eye of the Magpies to being one Tiger punters are tipping for Premier League extinction.”

Those looking for longer odds can get 5/1 that Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is next to leave, while it’s 10/1 that Sunderland’s Gus Poyet is the next man to get his marching orders.

However, after another frustrating evening against West Brom on Monday, Everton boss Roberto Martinez could tempt at 10/1.

The Spaniard’s side were by far the more creative on the night but the decision to replace regular penalty taker Leighton Baines – who has netted 15 of his 16 spot kicks – with Kevin Mirallas – who missed his against the Baggies – has not gone down well with Toffees fans.

Everton have now gone eight games without a win and have picked up maximum points just once in 13 attempts and if Martinez is to keep the faith of the Everton board, a turnaround in form will need to materialise – and fast.

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.