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Keegan 7/2 fav in Sack Race

last updated Monday 12th July 2004, 9:39 AM
Manchester City boss Kevin Keegan has been installed as the early favourite to be the first Barclays Premiership manager to lose his job after the start of the season.
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Bet365 are the first firm to post their 'Sack Race' prices and have chalked up the former England coach at 7/2.

Keegan has splashed out over £50million since moving into one of football's warmest hot-seats in May 2001 yet just one team - Everton - and eight points separated City from returning to the second tier of English football last season.

And with Keegan having to rely on free-transfer signings thus far, he could be in for another turbulent season.

Bet365 spokesman Steve Freeth said: "City underachieved last season and a poor start could see Keegan under a lot of pressure. We wouldn't be surprised to see him throwing in the towel should things go wrong."

Bet365 Sack Race
Kevin Keegan 7/2
Graeme Souness 5/1
Harry Redknapp 5/1
Bobby Robson 9/1
Iain Dowie 12/1
David Moyes 12/1
Nigel Worthington 20/1
Gary Megson 20/1
Paul Sturrock 20/1
Alan Curbishley 20/1
Steve McClaren 25/1
Chris Coleman 25/1
David O'Leary 25/1
Jacques Santini 25/1
Steve Bruce 33/1
Sam Allardyce 33/1
Alex Ferguson 40/1
Rafael Benitez 50/1
Jose Mourinho 50/1
Arsene Wenger 66/1
No Manager to leave 25/1


Fulham Manager Chris Coleman has gone from zero to hero in one season. Last year he was favourite to be the first to go this year he is a 25/1 outsider.

Blackburn's Graeme Souness and Harry Redknapp of Portsmouth are the joint-second favourites at 5/1 with Sir Bobby Robson next in the betting at 9/1 with Newcastle out of the Champions League this season after finishing fifth.

Crystal Palace's Iain Dowie is the shortest of the three promoted managers at 12s with Nigel Worthington and Gary Megson, of Norwich and West Brom respectively, both 20/1.

Jacques Santini is a 25/1 shot to go first despite being only weeks into a three-year contract while the summer's other two new arrivals - Chelsea's Jose Mourinho and Rafael Benitez (Liverpool) - are both 50/1 shots.

Arsene Wenger is a 66/1 chance after leading Arsenal to the title last season while Sir Alex Ferguson is 40/1 after a disappointing season by his standards last time out.

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