The discussion around which manager of a football team will be the next to be sacked begins pretty much as soon as the football season starts and, in fact, sometimes even sooner. The pressures of the modern game and, in particular, the financial imperative to avoid relegation or push to finish in the Champions League places means that many managers are sacked every season. Across the whole of the football league, there were 66 managers sacked during the course of the 2017/18 season and a few more just after the end of the season.
Betting on the next manager to be sacked is similar to betting on which manager will be the next to be appointed at a particular club. Getting the choice right relies on carefully studying the fortunes of clubs and managers across all divisions. As a fan, its second nature to follow the ups and downs of the manager of a particular club, but a bettor has to put personal allegiance to one side and become involved with the fortunes of a range of clubs. At any given time there will be a big name club which is reported as being in crisis, so placing a bet on this manager to be sacked will always be tempting, but careful study of smaller clubs might reveal other struggling managers who have slipped under the radar somewhat. A manager from a smaller club will probably offer better value in this market.
The other key factor to bear in mind is the stage of the season that has been reached. In the English Premier League in particular, the international break which takes place around the end of October and the beginning of November is often a time when clubs decide to sack their manager. This is because the break offers a period in which a new manager can come in and settle in position, while enough of the season has passed for the form of the team to become obvious. If you feel a manager is under threat, this might well be the moment for you to make the bet on them being sacked.
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