Championship Manager Watch: Jokanovic, Adams & Hyypia favourites for the sack

Sami Hyypia

According to bookmakers, the Watford, Norwich City and Brighton bosses are the likeliest Championship managers to leave their post.

Slavisa Jokanovic - 7/4

As the busy Christmas period approaches for clubs up and down the country, the chances are at least one manager will lose his job in December.

And, in the Championship, three in particular are currently under pressure according to bookmakers. As listed by sports betting website Oddschecker, Watford boss Slavisa Jokanovic leads the way - and it is no surprise when he is the club's fourth manager of the season already.

The problem for Jokanovic seems to be a difficulty implementing his own ideas at Vicarage Road, as the Serb managed two wins and two draws in his opening four games at Watford but went on to lose four in a row thereafter. The Hornets visit Fulham this Friday and the bookies feel Jokanovic's position could be under serious threat should his side suffer a fifth consecutive defeat.

Neil Adams - 3/1 

Not far behind, however, is Norwich City boss Neil Adams. While Watford sit seventh in the table, the Canaries are currently two points - and four places - further back in the standings and have won just once in their last 10.

The bookies thus rate Adams as the second-likeliest Championship boss to leave his post before anyone else.

"It's a tough time for us all - players, staff, supporters," the Norwich boss said recently. "We all want the best for this club.

"I hope I get the time. Of course it's a results business, we're well aware of that. You have to win games."

Sami Hyypia - 4/1

For former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia, though, it is far from just a case of being outside the play-off places. A Brighton side that has been in and among the promotion places in the last few seasons has this term struggled completely - and the Seagulls currently lie 22nd in the Championship.

Hyypia was sacked in his last post at Bayer Leverkusen and the ex-Liverpool man could be in serious danger of not lasting the season again at the Amex.

Rated as 4-1 to be the next boss to leave his post in the division by the bookies, the 41-year-old Finn has guided Brighton to just three wins in 19 games. Ominously for the Liverpool icon, the only two clubs to sit below Hyypia's side have both sacked their coaches already this campaign.

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