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Roberto Di Matteo and Mark Hughes were the first two Premier League managerial casualties of the season, although there are several others under pressure as we approach the festive season where the fixtures come thick and fast

Martin O’Neill has been manager of Sunderland for just over a year although the former Aston Villa and Celtic boss is struggling to get a tune out of the Black Cats at the moment, with a goalless draw against QPR keeping them perilously close to the foot of the table.

Paddy Power offer a best price 8/5 about O’Neill being the next manager out of a job, although we should remember that Hughes was a very short-priced favourite on this market before Di Matteo was given his marching orders first.

Meanwhile, Brian McDermott is struggling to land wins with his Reading team and that recent home victory against Everton was the only time they have claimed a three-point haul this season, with the Royals looking like relegation fodder already.

In fairness, there isn’t massive pressure on McDermott given the fact that he steered Reading from the bottom half of the Championship to the top of the table last season and is likely to be given a few more games to improve matters.

Nigel Adkins also appears to have a stay of execution at Southampton after wins against QPR and Newcastle have helped the Saints breathe a little easier and they could yet bounce towards the middle of the table with victory over Norwich City.

Even so, Adkins recently admitted he should be favourite on the Sack Race market and odds of 10/1 (Stan James bookmaker) could be value if Southampton slump once again.

Roberto Mancini might have won the Premier League last season with Manchester City although he has failed to pull up any trees in the Champions League and the Italian might be coming towards the end of a turbulent tenure at the Etihad Stadium which has seen him have regular run-ins with various players.

Mancini is a 9/1 chance and could well be the first out of a job, while Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is next on the list at 20/1. If you don’t think a manager will leave his position before the season ends, then you can get 20/1 about that happening, while Alan Pardew is 25/1, having seen his Newcastle team start the season relatively badly.

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