With less than five weeks to go until the new season, odds have been released on who will be the first Premier League Manager to leave their club.

There have been increasing reports of Rafa Benitez being unhappy with the lack of progress on signings and indeed earlier today (Monday),  The Mail’s Craig Hope stated that the Newcastle boss was unhappy with the fact neither Tammy Abraham or Willy Caballero signed after he made clear he wanted them. Whilst he added that a number of other deals were also falling flat now, with the level of transfer fees a major hindrance to NUFC pushing any of them through.

The bookies have reacted to this with Rafa Benitez rated as the favourite of all 20 top tier managers to leave first.

The Newcastle boss is 4/1 favourite, closely followed by Chelsea’s Antonio Conte and West Ham’s Slaven Bilic both on 5/1, those two also said to be unhappy with what is going on at their clubs this summer.

Pep Guardiola is thought to be safe as houses at 80/1, as he spends big in this window, closely followed by Klopp and Mourinho both on 66/1 and then Arsene Wenger at 50/1.

First Premier League Manager to go – Skybet:

Rafael Benitez 4/1

Antonio Conte 5/1

Slaven Bilic 5/1

Craig Shakespeare 6/1

Mark Hughes 8/1

Marco Silva 8/1

Chris Hughton 11/1

Sean Dyche 12/1

David Wagner 12/1

Paul Clement 12/1

Frank de Boer 14/1

Tony Pulis 16/1

Mauricio Pellegrino 16/1

Ronald Koeman 22/1

Mauricio Pochettino 33/1

Eddie Howe 33/1

No Manager To Leave 33/1

Arsene Wenger 50/1

Jose Mourinho 66/1

Jurgen Klopp 66/1

Pep Guardiola 80/1



  • Leazes Ender

    I would be really interested in the opinions of the ‘happy-clappy’ brigade… are you happy?

    • hetonmag

      It would be interesting to know if you would be happy if he left, or are you just happy when the whole club is in disarray.

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        you really have to wonder who took his bottle, what with all the crying he does

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          so how many times has he been wrong ?

          • Leazes Ender

            I was wrong once, about Sissoko, but I try to keep it quite.

      • Leazes Ender

        Of course not but I’ve never known a time when the club wasn’t a complete basketcase……..I was just kidding when I said I was interested in your views.

    • TheFatController

      Happier than you I’ll wager, yes

  • Desree

    Raffa won’t walk as he won’t get paid. Was Graham Carr let go as Mike Ashley has a new strategy. Don’t have players so we save on fees and wages and just bank the TV cash?

  • Steven05

    The bookies and the media don’t always get it right. I doubt they know more than us as to what’s going on. The 5 million players who have been linked to us so far is testament to that

    The media need to make headlines, and good news doesn’t sell as well as negative headlines

    The (mainly southern) press will love feeding from the negativity from this very website

    • Clarko

      The bookies don’t make the odds the public do, the reason Benitez is the favourite to leave is because people are putting money on him to leave and the reason they’re putting their money on Benitez is because of this sort of press, the media have their sources and there is a good chance that source is Benitez himself (or his people), Benitez leaks to the press that he is “unhappy”, that forces the board to respond, with signings. It’s politics.

  • Damon Horner

    When you consider the media reports, fanbase of our club, Mike Ashley’s personality and the fact the managers reputation is currently bigger than the clubs then I’m not surprised. Hardly upsetting news. Not a very accurate market so not even news!

  • Mrkgw

    Whilst Ashley as has to shoulder much of the blame for the lack of signings in his capacity as owner, I do wonder how much is down to Charnley trying to run the ship on a shoestring. We are in a dismal position of being relegation fodder. The club just stands still. No excitment, just more of the same mundane dross. Meanwhile, other clubs strengthen, build new enhanced capacity stadiums and move forward. And we are now compared with clubs formerly considered to have been lesser than us. Its just not good enough.

    • Damon Horner

      Probably why there is so much overplayed support for Rafa because if this club is ever going to be ambitious under Ashley, you’d hope Rafa’s influence within the club would drive it there, any other way and it’s hard to see the club come out of the cycle it’s been in.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Looks about right, his reputation is untarnished at the moment but it wont remain so if he has to start the season with that lot
    he walks West Ham will be in like a shot,

  • MadMag83

    I’d fancy Wagner or Silva to be first out the door.