Frank Lampard is the overwhelming favourite to become the next English Premier League (EPL) head coach to be given his cards.
The 44-year-old replaced Rafa Benitez at Everton in January, and helped steer the Merseysiders away from the relegation zone. Yet this term, 15 games into the campaign, the club lie just a single point above Nottingham Forest, Southampton and Wolves in the relegation zone.
He is staring down the barrel as the Toffees have tasted defeat in six of their past eight matches in all competitions. Sportsbooks make Lampard a 4/9 shot to become the seventh EPL manager to leave this season.
With a worse win percentage at the helm than Benitez, it appears that it’s only a matter of time before the former Chelsea head coach will be relieved of his duties at Goodison Park.
During the Farhad Moshiri era, Everton have not shied away from appointing big names such as Carlo Ancelotti, Benitez and Ronald Koeman. Ex-Argentina and Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa could be lined up, having reportedly turned down an offer to become Bournemouth boss.
The club’s poor run of form heading into the enforced break for the FIFA World Cup finals has certainly turned the screw on Lampard, and he needs to swiftly steady the ship or be thrown overboard.
David Moyes follows as the next head coach about to be given the boot according to sportsbooks, owned by casino brands who constantly introduce new slots online. He’s next in the betting market, behind Lampard, to be given the axe first at 3/1.
The West Ham boss appears under immense pressure, as he is allegedly in disagreement with co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan over transfers and how they should be sourced.
West Ham are the fourth-lowest scorers in the EPL, having bagged just a dozen goals, and like Everton sit just a point above the relegation zone.
Moyes has managed just four EPL victories all term. Gold and Sullivan are believed to be lining up ex-Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel to fill the 59-year-old’s shoes.
Graham Potter, who took over the reins from Tuchel, is under increasing pressure to turn the tide at Chelsea but doesn’t have to worry about his side slipping into the dreaded drop zone.
He signed a five-year deal in September, but already there seem doubts about whether he can steer the Stamford Bridge side to a Champions League berth. He’s a 8/1 shot to become the next EPL manager to depart.
With the Blues on a five-game winless run and occupying eighth place in the EPL, then Pochettino is waiting in the wings. He has been without a club since leaving French giants Paris-Saint Germain last summer.
The Argentine was under consideration by Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly when Tuchel was axed, but overlooked in favour of the 47-year-old Englishman. Potter made a promising start in the dugout, but results have nosedived and he will be feeling the pressure unless things can be turned around in the second half of the season.
Leeds United’s Jesse Marsch and Nottingham Forest’s Steve Cooper are both 12-1 to face the sack next.
Marsch escaped being given the heave-ho courtesy of the Whites stunning Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield at the end of October. Leeds have registered just four wins and tasted seven defeats this term to sit perilously close to the relegation places, leaving Marsch’s job at risk.
Cooper, despite extending his contract when he was under immense pressure earlier this season, needs to quickly prove that Forest can hold their own in the top-flight.
The 43-year-old Welshman spent £150m on signing 22 players to kick-off the season but the axe is still hovering, although stunning Tottenham 2-0 in the Carabao Cup in November gave him some breathing space.
Antonio Conte is another head coach who could be packing his bags, after the Tottenham boss was reportedly informed that results were not up to standard. He is priced at 14/1 to be the next EPL manager to leave his role.
The 53-year-old, who penned an 18-month deal when he joined in November 2021, is out of contract at the end of this season.
However, Conte has a potential escape plan with a possible return to his native Italy with fallen giants Juventus next season.
He won a trio of Serie A crowns during a three-season stint from 2011 to 2014, but may turn down the job as under pressure head coach Max Allegri’s outfit were dumped out of the Champions League in the group stage and are off the pace in the league in eighth spot.