The appointment of Andre Villas-Boas means that all 20 Premier League clubs have their men in place for the upcoming season and it has prompted StanJames.com to open up their Next Premier League manager to leave market. Southampton boss Nigel Adkins is the 5/2 favourite to leave, with Steve Clarke second best at 5/1. "We feel there are five managers who look vulnerable for varying reasons." says StanJames.com football spokesman Dave Jenkins.
"Adkins is the favourite, as there are strong rumours of a strained relationship between him and his chairman, a man who is known to be very ambitious and would like a big name manager at the club. Any mishaps from Adkins early on and he could well go. Steve Clarke looks a disaster waiting to happen, and then Jol, Allardyce and Di Matteo all look a little vulnerable, if things start badly."
"We think the other newbies, Rodgers, Lambert, Laudrup, AVB & Hughton will all get enough time to prove their worth, and others should easily go before them. Fergie, Wenger, Moyes, O'Neill, Pardew, Pulis, Hughes & Mancini all look very safe, and you have to feel that McDermott will be given plenty of time as well. That leaves Martinez, and he will probably only go if another Premier League club comes in for him.....in which case he won't be first."
"The firm also have a market on which of the six London managers will be the first to leave this season, and they make Sam Allardyce and Martin Jol the 11/4 joint favourites to get the bullet first, although all six surviving is not far away at 3/1."
Next Premier League Manager To Leave His Post: Nigel Adkins 5/2, Steve Clarke 5/1, Sam Allardyce 8/1, Martin Jol 10/1, Roberto Di Matteo 11/1, Chris Hughton 12/1, Roberto Martinez 12/1, Bar 16/1
1st London Manager To Leave His Post This Season: Sam Allardyce (West Ham) 11/4, Martin Jol (Fulham) 11/4, All Six To Survive The Season 3/1, Roberto Di Matteo (Chelsea) 10/3, Andre Villas-Boas (Tottenham) 10/1, Mark Hughes (QPR) 10/1, Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) 20/1