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Sack Race update: Is Cardiff City’s Malky Mackay next up for his P45?

by Josh Powell | October 10, 2013

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We’re still 75 days away from Christmas but Cardiff’s Malky MacKay is the latest manager to suffer the whims of a Premier League chairman. Paolo Di Canio has already got the boot from Sunderland – his own fault it has to be said – but MacKay has been put in an impossible situation.

His head of recruitment Iain Moody was replaced by Kazakh Alisher Apsalyamov, who was on work experience at the club in the summer and who is a friend of owner Vincent Tan’s son.

Premier League chairman aren’t renowned for their taste in fashion, choice of moustache or patience and Tan is just the latest with an itchy trigger-finger.

Here’s six manager’s on the shortlist to be handed their P45 by Sarah from HR.

Malky Mackay  – Cardiff

Sack race odds at the start of the season: 25/1
Sack race odds now: 6/4

  • MacKay guided the Bluebirds to their first-ever stint in the Premier League
  • Cardiff City have W2, D2 & L3 of their opening 7 games
  • The Bluebirds have conceded 10 goals in that time

Martin Jol – Fulham

Sack race odds at the start of the season: 9/4
Sack race odds now: 3/1

  • Fulham have won just 29 per cent of league games in 2013
  • They have lost 10 of the last 14 top flight matches
  • The Cottagers haven’t won at home in the Premier League since April 1 against QPR

Chris Hughton – Norwich

Sack race odds at the start of the season: 4/1
Sack race odds now: 6/1

  • Norwich have won just five of their 25 PL games in the 2013 calendar year
  • They’ve picked up seven points from their opening seven games
  • The Canaries tally of 41 goals last season was the second worst in the league. In the summer they signed Ricky van Wolfswinkle, Johan Elmander and Gary Hooper, yet have scored just five PL goals this season.

Alan Pardew – Newcastle

Sack race odds at the start of the season: 6/1
Sack race odds now: 9/1

  • Newcastle have won just five Premier League games since April
  • The Magpies have won just one of the last six games at home, scoring just three times 
  • They play Liverpool (h) Sunderland (a) Chelsea (h) & Spurs (a) in their next four PL games 

Ian Holloway – Crystal Palace

Sack race odds at the start of the season: 9/1
Sack race odds now: 9/1

  • The Eagles have lost six of their opening seven Premier League matches
  • Palace have conceded 13 goals in the top flight
  • They have lost their last four games on the spin 

David Moyes – Manchester United

Sack race odds at the start of the season: 25/1
Sack race odds now: 25/1

  • United have made their worst league start for 24 years
  • Moyes’ side has lost three of their opening seven games, losing to Liverpool, Man City and WBA
  • United have scored 10 but conceded nine goals in that time

Who deserves the chop? All the latest odds are here

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