Premier League sack race – Ralf Rangnick and Eddie Howe odds SLASHED, Claudio Ranieri and Rafa Benitez favourites

CLAUDIO RANIERI and Rafa Benitez are joint-favourites to be the next Premier League manager relieved of their duties.

However – there's been a major shift in the betting market with odds on Ralf Rangnick and Eddie Howe shortening hugely in recent days, according to bookmakers Betfair.

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Ranieri, 70, signed a two-year contract to replace Xisco Munoz in October.

But things have been difficult for the Italian chief, who's overseen 10 defeats in his 12-match tenure at Vicarage Road.

The Hornets have conceded a whopping 30 goals since his arrival and now languish in 17th position – two points above the relegation zone.

Ranieri is now available at 17/10 to be axed ahead of crucial six-pointers against Newcastle, Burnley and Norwich.

Everton boss Rafa Benitez is also offered at 17/10 after Saturday's narrow FA Cup third-round victory over Championship Hull.

The Toffees fought back from a one-goal deficit to win in extra-time courtesy of a rocket from Andros Townsend.

Benitez's side may have enjoyed cup joy — but their Premier League form leaves a lot to be desired.

Everton have one victory in their last 12 outings and now find themselves in 15th place — only eight clear of Burnley.

Next Premier League manager to leave

Betfair odds

  • Claudio Ranieri – 17/10
  • Rafael Benitez – 17/10
  • Eddie Howe – 13/2
  • Sean Dyche – 10/1
  • Ralf Rangnick – 11/1
  • No Manager To Leave – 12/1
  • Ralph Hasenhuttl – 14/1
  • Thomas Tuchel – 17/1
  • Brendan Rodgers – 20/1
  • Marcelo Bielsa – 20/1

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But the board are clearly backing Benitez with the recent additions of Nathan Patterson and Vitaliy Mykolenko for a combined £30million.

Elsewhere there's been a significant shift in Eddie Howe's chances of an early departure with his odds dropping from 14/1 to 13/2.

The Toon suffered a humiliating 1-0 defeat to League One Cambridge in the FA Cup over the weekend and have picked up just six points from a possible 24 since his arrival.

Next on Betfair’s list is Sean Dyche (10/1) and Manchester United's interim boss Ralf Rangnick, who has been cut to 11/1 having been 25/1.

Rangnick, 63, is only contracted until the summer but is facing some unrest at Old Trafford after a difficult start.

United have slipped to seventh, 22 points behind leaders Manchester City and there is thought to be growing discontent in the camp.

After Rangnick, Betfair have priced up no manager to leave this season at 12/1 following six dismissals already.

After that the likes of Ralph Hasenhuttl, Thomas Tuchel and Brendan Rodgers find themselves priced between 14-20/1.

The longest-prices bosses are Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte all at 80/1.




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