STEVE BRUCE looks certain to become the second managerial casualty of the season.
That's according to bookmakers Sky Bet, who've installed Bruce at 1/16 to become the next Premier League manager to leave his position.
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The 60-year-old was available at 3/1 shortly after the club's £305million takeover.
But that price has crashed with director Amanda Staveley now awaiting the 'green light' from the club's new Saudi owners to relieve Bruce of his duties.
The Times claim 'conference calls' have taken place to discuss the departure ahead of Sunday's clash with Tottenham.
It's likely that assistant manager Graeme Jones will be placed in temporary charge for the sell-out fixture at St James' Park.
The Toon are winless this season and have dropped into the relegation zone after collecting three points from a possible 21.
Sunday was due to be Bruce's 1,000th game as a manager but he revealed earlier this week that he expects to be sent packing.
He told The Telegraph: "I want to continue, I’d like the chance to show the new owners what I can do, but you have to be realistic and they may well want a new manager to launch things for them.
Next Premier League manager to leave
Sky Bet odds
- Steve Bruce – 1/16
- Brendan Rodgers – 14/1
- Nuno Espirito Santo – 14/1
- Bruno Lage – 16/1
- Claudio Ranieri – 16/1
- Daniel Farke – 16/1
- Mikel Arteta – 18/1
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – 18/1
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"New owners normally want a new manager. I've been around long enough to understand that.
"That decision is not up to me. I accept that and I will accept what comes my way. I have to wait to have those conversations with people when the time is right.
"If I don’t make it to a 1,000 games against Spurs, you might say that could only happen to me, but I don’t think it would be cruel. It’s just football."
Brendan Rodgers, who is the current favourite to replace Bruce, is second favourite for the axe at 14/1 having been 25/1 earlier this week.
Rodgers is one of the prime targets for Newcastle.
But Leicester would be owed a substantial compensation fee with the Northern Irishman contracted until June 2025.
Tottenham's Nuno Espirito Santo is also available at 14/1.
The Portuguese secured a much-needed win over Aston Villa before the international break to relieve the pressure after three-consecutive league defeats.
Bruno Lage, Claudio Ranieri and Daniel Farke share odds of 16/1 with Mikel Arteta and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer both offered at 18s.
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