Pearson drifting as new Premier League sack race favourite emerges

The Leicester City manager is no longer bookies’ favourite for the chop, he and Sunderland’s Gus Poyet are now behind a new frontrunner.

Nigel Pearson is no longer the bookmakers’ favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post, according to the latest data compiled by Oddschecker.

The Leicester City boss is now priced as far out as 5/1 to follow in the footsteps of Paul Lambert and leave his role with the Foxes.

Black Cats boss has nine lives

Sunderland’s Gus Poyet has leapfrogged Pearson to move to second in the betting following Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Manchester United with the Uruguayan at a top price of 4/1 to get the chop next.

However, after a game in which the Red Devils benefitted from a contentious penalty decision, Poyet has found himself playing second fiddle in the latest Premier League sack race prices.

Instead, West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has emerged as the new favourite to go, after a weekend in which his Hammers side went down 3-1 at home to Crystal Palace.

The Irons have now gone six games without a win in all competitions with defeat to one of their London rivals at the Boleyn Ground only adding to the sense of gloom around the club.

Where has it gone wrong for West Ham?

Much of the current malaise can also be traced back to West Ham’s 4-0 trouncing at the hands of West Bromwich Albion in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Hammers fans would have been hoping to progress past the Baggies, having won 2-1 on their previous trip to the Hawthorns, but a full-strength side was instead put to the sword in embarrassing fashion.

West Ham also failed to hold on to a 2-0 lead two weeks ago at home to Tottenham with Danny Rose and Harry Kane scoring in the final nine minutes of the game to salvage a draw.

Allardyce is now as short a price as 9/4 to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post and with his team next in action against Chelsea this Wednesday, those odds could shorten by the weekend.

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