Premier League sack race – Newcastle boss Steve Bruce 1/16 favourite with talks scheduled today

STEVE BRUCE is set to become the second managerial casualty of the season.

That’s according to bookmakers Sky Bet, who’ve slashed odds on Bruce becoming the next Premier League manager to leave his position.

Newcastle's Steve Bruce is favourite to be sacked with Sky Bet

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Newcastle’s Steve Bruce is favourite to be sacked with Sky Bet

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The 60-year-old shortened from 3/1 to 1/3 shortly after the club’s £305million takeover.

But that price has crashed to 1/16 with Amanda Staveley set for showdown talks with Bruce and the Newcastle squad today.

Newcastle’s first game under their new owners is against Tottenham on Sunday.

And it’s likely that assistant manager Graeme Jones will be placed in temporary charge for the sell-out fixture at St James’ Park.

The Toon are winless this season and have dropped into the relegation zone after collecting three points from a possible 21.

Sunday was due to be Bruce’s 1,000th game as a manager but he revealed earlier this week that he expects to be sent packing.

He told The Telegraph: “I want to continue, I’d like the chance to show the new owners what I can do, but you have to be realistic and they may well want a new manager to launch things for them.


Next Premier League manager to leave

Sky Bet odds

  • Steve Bruce – 1/16
  • Nuno Espirito Santo – 14/1
  • Bruno Lage – 16/1
  • Claudio Ranieri – 16/1
  • Daniel Farke – 16/1
  • Mikel Arteta – 18/1
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – 18/1
  • Ralph Hasenhuttl – 20/1
  • Brendan Rodgers – 25/1
  • Patrick Vieira – 25/1

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“New owners normally want a new manager. I’ve been around long enough to understand that.

“That decision is not up to me. I accept that and I will accept what comes my way. I have to wait to have those conversations with people when the time is right.

“If I don’t make it to a 1,000 games against Spurs, you might say that could only happen to me, but I don’t think it would be cruel. It’s just football.”

Lucien Favre is the current favourite to replace Bruce, although there are plenty of big names being linked including Antonio Conte, Frank Lampard and Zinedine Zidane.

Tottenham’s Nuno Espirito Santo is second favourite for the axe at 14/1.

The Portuguese secured a much-needed win over Aston Villa before the international break to relieve the pressure after three-consecutive league defeats.

Bruno Lage, Claudio Ranieri and Daniel Farke share odds of 16/1 with Mikel Arteta and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer both offered at 18s.


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