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Premier League sack race odds: Ten Hag cut to get boot first

| 14.08.2022

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Erik ten Hag has been cut to just 6/1 in the Premier League sack race odds after Manchester United’s humiliating defeat at Brentford.

United plumbed new depths after a 4-0 capitulation sent Ten Hag’s side into full-blown crisis mode after just two games of the season.

Ten Hag is third favourite to be the first top-flight manager to lose their job, with Southampton’s Ralph Hasenhuttl still top of the pile at 2/1 ahead of Everton’s Frank Lampard (4/1).

The Red Devils are also 20/1 to be relegated, having been 150/1 in pre-season, while a top-four finish is now priced at 6/1.

Alex Apati, of Ladbrokes, said: “Things surely can’t get much worse for United at this point and you’d hope Erik ten Hag can whip his players into shape in time for their next game – against Liverpool!”

He added: “The Red Devils are 11/2 to beat Jurgen Klopp’s men, so don’t be surprised to see those Sack Race odds shorten even further over the next week or so.”

The defeat to Brentford means Ten Hag is the first manager to lose each of his first two games in charge of Manchester United since John Chapman in 1921.

It also left United bottom of the top flight for the first time in more than three decades.

Meanwhile, Hasenhuttl was pleased with his side’s response as Southampton battled back from two down to earn a 2-2 draw with Leeds with a pair of late goals.

Rodrigo had struck twice at the start of the second half to put the visitors in a dominant position but Jesse Marsch’s men were unable to hold out for a second successive Premier League win.

Joe Aribo halved the deficit in the 72nd minute before Kyle Walker-Peters equalised nine minutes from time.

The Austrian manager praised his side’s response, saying: “Sorry that we destroyed a few headlines because they were maybe written at that moment. But the team gave the answer.

“We had a tough week because of some circumstances but we showed a good reaction and nothing less than I expected from this fantastic group.”

Everton are yet to pick up a point after following up their loss to Chelsea in their opening match by going down 2-1 at Aston Villa.

Lampard said: “I thought there was some good and bad in the performance. It was a pretty even game other than the transition goals we gave away.

“It’s a similar feeling to last week but some things are understandable – new players in the team, the injuries we’ve taken in – so we have to be a bit patient.”

Brendan Rodgers remains at 7/1 to be sacked by Leicester after their winless start continued following a 4-2 defeat by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Gabriel Jesus bagged a brace but William Saliba’s own goal at the start of the second half drew the sides closer before Granit Xhaka immediately restored the Gunners’ advantage.

The visitors pulled another back through James Maddison but Gabriel Martinelli responded instantly to ensure his side’s perfect start to the season.

Rodgers, though, was able to see some positives in his side’s performance despite conceding at critical moments and agreed the ongoing transfer window could be rattling some of his players.

He said: “I think it’s obviously difficult for young players. But I think you see with the spirit of the team, they kept fighting from the very first whistle.

“We started the game well, really aggressive, and just before the drinks break we conceded.

“I think for the players you saw they kept going right until the very end and if we don’t concede the goals and make the mistakes for the goals then the scoreline is much closer.”

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Warren Barner