Last Updated on:
It’s a fact of life that many top level football teams feel the need to sack their manager on a fairly regular basis. This high turnover means that there are often attractive bets to be found on who the next manager of a particular club will be. After Arsene Wenger left Arsenal at the end of the 2017/18 season – having resigned rather than being sacked – the longest serving manager left in the English Premier League was Eddie Howe of Bournemouth, who had been in the job for a relatively brief five and a half years. By the end of the 2017/18 season the number of managers given the sack across all divisions during the season came to 61.
There are two types of bets to be made in the next manager market. Bets can be placed on who will be the next manager to be sacked across all of the top four divisions or on who will be appointed as the next manager of a club which is looking for a new manager. In both cases, a successful bet will result from careful research of all the football leagues and of managers in other national leagues who may or may not be available. In situations of this kind it’s usual for certain names to be mentioned in connection with virtually every managerial job which becomes available, so the best value in terms of betting is often to be found in spotting less frequently touted possibilities. In terms of the English Premier League, the international break which takes place around the end of October and the beginning of November often marks the point at which clubs part company with managers. This is because enough of the season has passed for a difficult start or a few bad results to begin to seem like a permanent pattern, while the two week break provides a window during which a new appointment can be made.