WHEN Manchester United travel to Newcastle on Sunday, some could deem it a classic case of 'El Sackio' – but the bookies suggest otherwise.
Both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Steve Bruce have struggled to meet fan expectations in the early months of the season but find their sack race odds LENGTHENED.
The suddenly unlikely nature of either being the next Premier League boss to be given the boot can be explained by the troubles at Everton.
Marco Silva finds himself as the new leader in the sack race, rated at 6/4 by Ladbrokes.
That is after three league defeats on the bounce, dropping the Toffees to 15th after another summer of spending and optimistic talk of European football.
Bruce follows in behind on 4/1 as his Newcastle side have failed to build on a shock win at Spurs, languishing 19th having scored just four goals in seven games.
At 6/1 is Solskjaer after United's 1-1 draw with Arsenal.
The Norwegian curried a lot of favour with his rapid start in the Old Trafford dugout but the late decline of last season has carried over to the side now stuck in 10th place.
And the Red Devils take on AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League on Thursday before Sunday's 4.30pm kick-off on Tyneside.
A failure to qualify from Group L would cast huge doubt over Solskjaer's position, as would defeat to Newcastle.
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Mauricio Pochettino is rated at 6/1 as well by Ladbrokes amid the Tottenham boss' apparent unhappiness at the helm of the club.
And new Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores is 8/1 having only been appointed three weeks ago, after Javi Gracia became the first man let go.
Pre-season favourite for the chop Roy Hodgson meanwhile, can boast a relatively safe 14/1 chance of getting the boot after a successful start to the campaign at Crystal Palace.
3 Solskjaer was left to ponder another draw on Monday nightCredit: Getty Images – Getty
3 Bruce's Newcastle were hit for five by LeicesterCredit: AFP or licensors