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The number of sackings market is based on the number of football managers who get sacked during the course of a season, either within a specific league, or across league football in general. The trend in the game in recent years has been toward clubs getting rid of managers who are perceived to be failing much more quickly, particularly when faced with the prospect of relegation from the Premiership, and this has made the market in number of sackings less predictable and therefore more appealing.
Bets can be placed on the number of sackings made over an entire season or across a specified period of time. In the English Premiership, for example, the period around the end of October and the beginning of November often heralds a spate of sackings. This is because the two week international break which traditionally takes place at this stage of the season gives clubs a chance to ‘bed-in’ a new manager with minimum disruption to the team, while the stage of the season is still felt to be early enough for the new manager to have the time to make a difference.
Other parts of the season during which managers tend to be more at risk of being sacked include the weeks leading up to the end of the year – if a manager can survive into the new year then the chances are that the club has opted to stick with them. The exception to this is the month of May, when clubs tend to make what might be termed ‘panic sackings’ in the hope that a new manager bounce will help them to stave off the threat of relegation. Information such as this, as well as a close study of the form of individual teams and whether they are perceived to be a ‘sacking club’ should be utilised when placing a bet on the number of sackings.