Mourinho sneaks ahead of Hughes in “next PL manager sacked” odds

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Is Jose Mourinho really the best bet to be the next Premier League manager fired?

The combustible Manchester United boss leads the pack, according to a bookmaker-powered site called The Sack Race.

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A dollar will get you five if you wager than Mourinho is fired before any of his peers in the 2018-19 Premier League season, a slight edge over the 6:1 odds given Southampton’s Mark Hughes.

There’s a four-way tie for last on the list, as Arsenal new boy Unai Emery joins Man City’s Pep Guardiola, Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino, and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp at 33:1.

It’s no surprise to see Leicester City’s Claude Puel on the list after a tough finish to 2017-18, or Watford’s Javi Gracia because the Hornets seem to enjoy changes managers. Rafa Benitez of Newcastle is up there mostly due to his bosses as well.

A surprise? Maybe Manuel Pellegrini at 16:1 given both his reputation and West Ham’s need to make this hiring work for the good of all parties.