It was a chastening Saturday for home managers across the Premier League but three in particular would have been hit very hard by their results.
For Marco Silva, Manuel Pellegrini and Unai Emery Saturday brought them a big step closer to the sack, if the odds on the Betfair Sportsbook are our guide.
Silva is a strong favourite in the betting but you couldn’t write off his fellow managers at West Ham and Arsenal.
From eight top-flight games, the visitors landed the win in six, with only Manchester City and Arsenal stopping a clean sweep.
But where Pep Guardiola saw his side come back from a goal down to defeat a resurgent Chelsea, Unai Emery’s blushes were only saved by an injury time equaliser at home to a Southampton side that had not won since September.
There were similarly disastrous results for another pair of under-pressure managers in Marco Silva and Manuel Pellegrini and that trio form the leading candidates in Betfair’s ‘Next Premier League Manager to leave their post’ betting.
Silva looks the most likely to go, having been backed from 7/2 outsider of the trio on Saturday evening into 1/3 favouritism now, but a case could be made for any one of the trio. Pellegrini is 4/1 while Emery is 11/2.
Hammers down but showing fight
The top-flight weekend began at the London Stadium where Pellegrini would have been hoping the visit of Spurs for West Ham’s top derby would have shaken his team out of its early season torpor.
But by halftime his side were 2-0 down and the Hammers’ most hated rivals soon made that three after the break. The final 30 minutes saw a resurgence from the home side but while they had Spurs wobbling they could only score two, the second coming with almost the final kick of the game, and it all adds up to an eight game run without a win.
Everton faithful turn on Silva
Worse was to follow at Goodison Park where Marco Silva’s Everton were entertaining a Norwich side that had lost six of its previous seven Premier League games, drawing the other, and scoring two goals across the sequence.
While Everton’s form had been patchy, it was nevertheless a game the Toffees were strongly fancied to win, going off around [1.44] on the Betfair Exchange. Cue disaster.
Second-half goals from Todd Cantwell and Dennis Srbeny took the visitors to a 2-0 win and heaped the pressure on Silva with thousands of Everton faithful tearing into him at the final whistle. Social media, funnily enough, does not make for fun reading today and the Sunday media are speculating on his future.
Like West Ham, the club made significant summer investment and they are not seeing the return expected.
Everton have an exceptionally tough run coming up with the next two games taking them to Leicester and Liverpool. The Toffees then welcome Chelsea before going to Old Trafford.
The club hierarchy have not moved to fire their man yet and they may be tempted to give the Portuguese a free run at a tricky set of fixtures where Everton will be comfortable outsiders anyway.
The same applies to West Ham, who go on the road to Chelsea and Wolves before hosting Arsenal. The Gunners have it easier, with a visit to Norwich before Brighton pay a visit and then comes the clash with the Hammers.
But after the heat Arsenal fans placed on Emery following yesterday’s result he can’t afford any more slip-ups.
Then again the same surely applies to his fellow managers in a spot of bother, and after Spurs pulled the trigger on the highly-rated and much-loved Mauricio Pochettino it wouldn’t come as a shock should Everton, West Ham or Arsenal follow suit with a trio of managers who have achieved far less at their respective clubs.
Source: Betfair Premier League