Friday 15 December 2017

Premier League sack race is hotting up as odds slashed on Brendan Rodgers getting the boot as Liverpool boss

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers looks dejected
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers looks dejected

It's the competition no manager wants to win but right now, Brendan Rodgers is racing ahead of Steve McClaren and Dick Advocaat in the Premier League sack race.

If the Anfield boss is looking for solace and some hope that he could yet survive, he might reference last season when clubs showed unusual patience.

Neil Warnock was the first boss to be sacked last time around, with his short stint at Crystal Palace ending on December 27.

However it was a different story in 2013/14, with six bosses entering the revolving door at this stage of the season. Liverpool's awful recent form and humiliating struggle to dump Carlisle United out of the Capital One Cup and a series of rumours about Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti have moved Rodgers right to the top of the bookmakers list for the chop.

Speculation on Mersyside has intensified since the poor performance against Carlisle and sources in Liverpool claim that even a win against Everton in the looming derby cannot save him now.

While Ancelotti appears to be the man the Fenway Sports Group are looking to, despite a denial of any contact, Jurgen Klopp has now made it known that he wants to manage in the Premier League.

Klopp took a sabbatical after quitting Borussia Dortmund but would be prepared to cut short his time out to manage Liverpool. He would definitely be a popular choice with Liverpool fans.

McClaren, like Rodgers, has reason to view the League Cup with a jaundiced eye after Newcastle were rocked by a home defeat by Sheffield Wednesday and he accepts that he is close to the edge

"Is the job harder than I thought? Absolutely. Without a doubt. People say it's a crisis and it's getting very close to it. We deserve to be criticised," he said, sensing the near presence of the bacon slicer.

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