The sack race: Charting the progress of Premier League bosses
As club football returns, and transfer mayhem ends, we assess the Next Manager to Leave market.
Frank de Boer – Up four, No.1
The current Premier League record for fewest games in charge by a permanent manager is held by Les Reed, who led Charlton for just seven matches.
It might not be for much longer, though.
Three defeats, no goals, and an emergency board meeting to discuss your future is some going inside the first month of a new job, so clearly dramatic improvement is needed if De Boer is to survive.
In appointing the Dutchman, Palace compromised the style that has come to define them.
A price of says they will soon revert to a more direct approach that would surely have caused Huddersfield and Swansea more problems – governed, perhaps, by Roy Hodgson.
Arsene Wenger – Up 11, No.4
Two away defeats and a chaotic transfer deadline day was all it took was for Wenger to be back under the spotlight.
Obviously, the new contract he signed in the summer makes any imminent departure highly unlikely.
But his shift in price is still significant.
The Frenchman has not joined the rest of the big boys at the bottom of this market since signing that extension, with his position deemed just as volatile as those in mid-table.
Even by Arsenal’s very forgiving standards, Wenger is sitting as uncomfortably as he ever has done.
Eddie Howe – Up seven, No.8
It was widely reasoned that Bournemouth were more likely to finish in the top half than they were to go down this season.
So perhaps it is the shock at their poor start that is behind Eddie Howe’s sudden ascent in this market, despite the fact three consecutive defeats are a very real possibility at any stage of the season for a team like Bournemouth.
Admittedly, the Cherries’ vibrant attacking flow was absent against West Brom and Watford, something that Howe admitted he does not know how to solve.
But their improvement against Manchester City hinted at recovery. Even if it hadn’t, Howe would really have to go some to get the chop any time soon.
Mark Hughes – Down three, No.5
Hughes is not out the woods, but those who picked him as the first boss to go this season should not be holding their breath.
Stoke’s opening-day defeat at Everton saw the Welshman rise to second-favourite, but victory over Arsenal and a good point at West Brom has seen the tide turn a little.
With Newcastle and Southampton to come this month, there is every chance that the Potters may emerge from a tricky-looking start with a decent haul of points.
Tony Pulis – Down four, No.11
Three matches, three goals, one conceded, seven points: peak West Brom.
Pulis was another highly-fancied manager in this market, but the Baggies have started strongly once again.
The one danger for the Welshman? Reaching 40 points too soon.
His teams tend to switch off once they are safe so, were it to happen quickly this term, he could be under pressure come May.
David Wagner – Down five, No.17
At the start of the season, Wagner was rated more likely to leave his post first than both Howe and odds-on favourite De Boer.
Now, though, his stock is as high as it may ever be.
Huddersfield are yet to concede a goal and, with seven points on the board, have given themselves a cushion in the race to avoid relegation.
Tougher tests than Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Southampton are to come, but the Terriers’ ability to pick up points when readily available is encouraging, and testament to their manager.