Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers favourite for the sack, Sunderland boss surprise fifth

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Liverpool, Watford, Leicester City, Manchester City and Sunderland bosses are most at risk according to the bookies.

With the 2015/16 fixtures announced, here is a look at the five Premier League bosses most likely to face the axe, according to SkyBet.

Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool) 9/2

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is in precarious position after a terrible end to the season. From April their campaign petered out, losing at home to Manchester United, stuffed 4-1 at Arsenal, and losing a FA Cup semi-final to Aston Villa. There was worse to come, conceding nine goals in two losses to Crystal Palace and Stoke City. Their first Premier League game puts them back at the Britannia, but with Jurgen Klopp available Rodgers may not even last until then.

Quique Flores (Watford) 5/1

Newly promoted Watford are no strangers to chopping and changing managers, hiring four last season in the Championship. The one who earned promotion, Slavisa Jovanovic, is no more, having failed to agree terms to extend his contract and manage in the Premier League. Former Spanish footballer Quique Flores has big ambitions with the Hornets, but lasting the season would be a success.

Nigel Pearson (Leicester City) 11/2

Nigel Pearson was reported to be close to the sack last season, but clung on at Leicester and their faith paid off, as he ensured they survived, even ahead of the final day. Pearson may be an unpredictable character, but he appears to have the faith of the club, but as with any relegation battlers, a run of losses will cause the board to consider their options.

Manuel Pellegrini (Manchester City) 8/1

Manchester City's new 'holistic' approach saw them stick with Manuel Pellegrini despite a poor title defence. This is not a rebuilding job for the club though, more a case of reloading, and the club intend to be active in the transfer market this summer. City can't afford a bad start, but with a tough opening game away to West Brom, followed by Chelsea and Everton, that could be just what they get.

Dick Advocaat (Sunderland) 10/1

Despite his heroics last season, Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat is a surprise fifth name on the list to be first out the door this season. The experienced Dutchman agreed to carry on for another year despite originally deciding he would retire, and will be determined his time at the club does not end on a sour note. He is priced ahead of Newcastle's new boss Steve McClaren (12/1).

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