Reaching a conclusion to 2013, and coming up to the halfway point in the Premier League campaign, betting agency Skybet has revealed its four safest managers in the Premier League
With 2013 coming to a close, and the 19 game mark which indicates the halfway point of the 2013-14 season just around the corner, Premier League clubs are probably looking at their status and thinking that if any logical managerial change is necessary, then now is the time to do it.
The likes of Cardiff City’s Malky Mackay, West Ham United’s Sam Allardyce and Norwich City’s Chris Hughton all top the list as managers walking the tightrope, but which four managers according to Skybet’s odds are the safest in the Premier League? Here is the list...
Arsene Wenger 150/1
I think it’s fair to say that Arsene Wenger appearing on the safest managers list was a little obvious. Nearly a decade without a trophy, and at times boredering on failing to finish in a Champions League spot, it would assume that the idea of Arsene Wenger getting the sack has well and truly passed by.
After more than 17 seasons at the club, and with Arsenal looking like genuine title contenders this season, only a mad man would bet on the Frenchman being the next manager to receive the chop.
Brendan Rodgers 125/1
Current Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers can do little wrong on Merseyside and the 125/1 odds of him getting the sack next reflects that. The former Swansea City manager joined Liverpool when they were overloaded with overrated talent, and languishing far behind the top clubs.
In the first six months, things weren’t going so smooth for Rodgers, but with patience, the return of Lucas Leiva, the signings of Sturridge and Coutinho clicking, Liverpool went from arguably Liverpool’s second best club to possible title contenders in one calendar year. 2013 has been arguably the Red’s most productive year for a long time. Excellent football, 94 goals in all competitions, Rodgers is currently unsackable.
Manuel Pellegrini 125/1
The Chilean, who joined in the summer of 2013, was tasked with the responsibility of getting Manchester City to attempt to challenge on all fronts. Despite a rather slow start away from home, a blistering home form which has seen them thrash the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham has helped the South American settle in.
Additionally reaching the second stage of the Champions League for the first time in their history, coupled with a League Cup semi-final place and only one point behind the league leaders, Manuel Pellegrini will be given plenty more time to build on his initial promise.
Alan Pardew 125/1
Last but not least is the suprise inclusion of Newcastle boss Alan Pardew. The former West Ham United boss was reportedly on the verge of getting the sack last season and again this season, after an initial good spell at the club. With Newcastle nervously above the relegation zone, Pardew was not a popular man and the fans were sick of the perceived negative football.
However, Pardew stuck at it and was convinced that once he had a fully fit squad they’d shoot up the table. How right he was. The Magpies have won seven of the last nine, including wins over Tottenham, Chelsea and a first win at Old Trafford over Manchester United for a very long time.
With the Northerners up to sixth in the league and only three points off fourth, another European finish is not out of the question and Pardew has once again won over the Newcastle supporters.
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