Poyet new favourite in Premier League sack race after Bruce bust-up

The under-pressure Sunderland manager did himself few favours by clashing with Steve Bruce during their 1-1 draw at the KC Stadium.

Gus Poyet has emerged as the new front-runner to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post following ugly scenes involving Steve Bruce.

The Uruguayan clashed with the Tigers' manager after being sent to the stands during Sunderland’s 1-1 draw with Hull at the KC Stadium of Tuesday night.

It was a result that saw the Black Cats extend their current winless run to six games in all competitions.

Bookmakers have subsequently slashed the price on Poyet being the next manager to leave his post.

In doing so the ex-Brighton manager has overtaken previous favourite Sam Allardyce as the front-runner with several bookmakers, according to data compiled by Oddschecker.

Allardyce on the up?

West Ham host Chelsea at Upton Park later today and any kind of positive result is likely to ease the pressure on the Irons manager.

The Hammers are also on a six-game winless run and, like Sunderland, were dumped out of the FA Cup in the last round in embarrassing fashion.

West Brom thrashed Sam Allardyce’s team 4-0 to progress while the Black Cats were dumped out by League One side Bradford City in a 2-0 loss.

Chelsea triumphed 3-0 over West Ham on their last visit to the Boleyn Ground but were held to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge by the Irons last term with manager Jose Mourinho famously accusing the visitors of playing 19th century football.

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