Before kick off last night, the bookies had Steve Bruce at 11/1 to be the next Premier League manager to face the chop.
He was rated fifth in the sack race, with Sheffield United’s Chris Wilder the favourite, Chelsea’s Frank Lampard second, Palace’s Roy Hodgson in third and Brighton boss Graham Potter fourth.
This order and the latest odds took a big swing after the full-time whistle at Bramall Lane, however, with markets momentarily suspended on Tuesday night before Steve Bruce emerged at 3/1 to be sacked and the new second favourite.
A big swing and a potentially ominous sign has also arrived via the new relegation odds.
Although Sheffield United (5pts), West Brom (8pts) and Fulham (11pts with 2 games in hand) remain the big three favourites to go down, the bookies now have Newcastle (19pts) and Burnley (16pts with 1 game in hand) as the joint fourth favourites to go down – offering odds of 3/1 after both sides fell to 1-0 defeats last night.
17th-placed Brighton (14pts) are lower than us in the table and in awful form themselves, but they are deemed less likely to go down than Steve Bruce’s NUFC as things stand.
Steve Bruce has never been under more pressure and the latest odds on him to be sacked and us to go down have never been shorter since the season kicked off – highlighting how crucial it is that Mike Ashley acts NOW before it’s too late!