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Next Championship Manager To Be Sacked Odds: Foster Out?

Next Championship Manager To Be Sacked Odds: Foster Out?
Next Championship Manager to be Sacked Odds - Sky Bet Championship Blackburn Rovers v Plymouth Argyle Head coach of Plymouth Argyle Ian Foster looks dejected during the Sky Bet Championship match Blackburn Rovers vs Plymouth Argyle at Ewood Park

You’ve arrived at another ‘Next Championship Manager To Be Sacked Odds’ article, meaning we must be approaching the meat and drink of the Championship season. Here, we will analyse the managers most likely to leave next and provide the odds to the betting landscape alongside our very own in-house predictive model, BETSiE, who handles the data.

Speaking of BETSiE – be sure to check out this link to find BETSiE’s projections on exactly how the Championship table will look after 46 games, how many points each side is predicted to earn after their gruelling second-tier season, and much, much more.

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Next Championship Manager To Be Sacked Odds 2023/24 – The Sack Race

Not one bookmaker is offering odds for the next Championship manager to be sacked. That’s where we step in. Suppose there transpires to be a bookmaker braver enough to tackle the next Championship manager to be sacked odds. In that case, this article may provide a handy insight into whether any value can be plucked from the betting.

In Sunderland, Tony Mowbray’s tenure is one of overachievement with a youthful side. However, the powers that be in the boardroom deemed two wins in his last nine enough for the chop. The grumblings of discontent from the owners, despite a finish in the Playoffs, had been there since the summer. But he’s not off to the crap heap – one man’s trash is another’s treasure, as the saying goes in Birmingham.

The official announcement of Mowbray’s sacking from the Black Cats at 21:59 on Monday, December 4th, saw Tony Mowbray came not even an hour after Swansea City let the axe fall on summer acquisition Michael Duff (21:00) in Wales.

Fast forward to the following weekend, and it was Alex Neil who vacated his post in Stoke after a disappointing run ends with a 0-1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday on home soil. As Potters fans rejoiced, it was Stephen Schumacher who jumped ship near Plymouth’s Mayflower Steps and took a bet365 sponsored helicopter to Stoke.

It’s heating up

Things are heating up. Elsewhere, an inexperienced thirty-seven-year-old, Joe Edwards, takes Gary Rowett’s place at The Den, joining in the same period where Liam Manning touched down in Bristol. Marti Cifuentes swaps Sweden for QPR, though the jury is out whether that squad is good enough to compete no matter who you have holding the reins, whilst Danny Rohl sets up his new flat-pack office desk in Sheffield and Matt Taylor receives his marching orders in Rotherham.

Stoke City pinched another impressive manager from Championship opposition. Plymouth Argyle turned to Ian Foster to lock in Championship status for another year. The 100+ applicants for the vacant post ended with the former England manager ending up in Devon, who now sits side by side with Schumacher in the Next Championship Manager to be Sacked Odds.

And let’s not forget Wayne Rooney leaving Birmingham with a 10/45 points return to add to his intriguing managerial CV.

Mick Beale vacated Sunderland, unable to reach the dizzy heights experienced at QPR. His appointment struck a nerve with the locals as the head coach failed to drum up any kind of relationship with the fanbase. Joe Edwards’ Millwall offered up a relegation-worthy stretch of form before Neil Harris returned and steadied the ship. That’s all well and good, but who’s next?

Next Championship Manager to be sacked odds: Updated 15th March

Next Manager Team Odds Probability
Ian Foster Plymouth Argyle 2.10 47.6%
Steven Schumacher Stoke City 2.40 41.7%
Leam Richardson Rotherham 6.00 16.7%
John Eustace Blackburn Rovers 7.00 14.3%
Liam Manning Bristol City 16.00 6.3%
Michael Carrick Middlesbrough 16.00 6.3%
Ryan Lowe Preston North End 31.00 3.2%


The next Championship manager to be sacked odds were provided by bettingexpert on Thursday, March 7th, 08:00. The ‘Next Championship Manager To Be Sacked’ landscape may now differ.

Next Championship Manager to be Sacked? Is it short and not so sweet for Schumacher?

With so many recent departures across the second tier, composing a list of the next Championship Manager to be sacked was an arduous task. Perhaps Steven Schumacher’s inclusion wouldn’t be so close to the frontrunners a month or so ago, but here we are.

It was never going to be plain sailing for him. There are choppy waters ahead for the former Plymouth Argyle gaffer, and if he can’t stop this club hurtling towards the relegation spots, then we won’t be surprised to see the owners get itchy feet and make another decision at Head Coach level. Stoke City, like their relegation-threatened rivals, need to stay in this division. The 1-0 win at home to QPR was huge – the first at home since October in the Championship. As was the home fixture against Middlesbrough.

The Stoke gaffer might need a few more of them to keep his head above water, even if he is the right person for this football club in the long term. That’s modern football for you.

Steven Schumacher will be in the firing line if they continue flirting bottom three; hence, the short price around his neck to be the next Championship manager to be sacked.

Valerian Ismaël Faces the Music in the Championship Manager Sack Race

Appointed in the summer, Watford had high hopes for Valerian Ismael, hoping he would be the one to bring stability to the club and stop the constant managerial merry-go-round.

After a poor start to the season, there were rumours that the Pozzo family would sack yet another manager. However, contrastingly, they instead released a statement to announce that Ismael had signed a contract extension. Watford had to wait three games for a win against a struggling Sheffield Wednesday side, with Ismaël then hopeful that could be used as a springboard for their season.

Off-the-field instability has plagued Watford for a couple of years now, with the Hornets in danger of relegation to the third tier for the first time in 25 years. It’s a difficult situation to get a handle on, in all honesty, but it feels like all Watford managers under the Pozzo reign should feature here regardless.

When you mix the current concoction with poor form as we saw throughout the early stages of 2024 – as Watford take up a spot in the bottom half of the Championship – at a club with Premier League ambitions, the writing was on the wall for Ismael. In the Championship six-game form table, only manager-less Sunderland (0) and Rotherham (0) have returned fewer points than the Hornets (4).

Mick Beale leaves Sunderland: Disgruntled fanbases

When the fans wipe their hands of you, you’re in trouble. ‘Beale Out’ and ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning’ – from your own fans against Hull – painted a rather grim landscape.

Despite an adverse reaction from some fans to his appointment, Beale expressed an understanding of the fans’ concerns and has emphasised his commitment to the role, citing his overall managerial win percentage as a reason for optimism. The three losses on the bounce, including Newcastle in the FA Cup, didn’t do him any favours.

The way he carried himself in his final weeks at QPR has set this kind of fan reaction up from Day 1. If you couple that with the sacking of Tony Mowbray, an appointment that didn’t need to be made in the eyes of many football fans, then you’re already heading down a tricky, bumpy road before a ball is kicked.

Listen, we football fans are a fickle bunch. If Beale had come in and picked up six wins from seven, then he’d likely still be in post. But that is the nature of the beast. The Black Cats didn’t start clawing away at those much-desired green Ws. Frustration grew louder and louder until its deafening screech sent the owners to get Beale out of the door, and encourage them to put their hands up and admit they got this one wrong.

This is a club that has given managers a chance in the past – think Parkinson and Grayson in recent memory. Yet, with the results, performances, and general inadvertent rubbing up of the fanbase the wrong way any time he opened his mouth – the ‘chance’ afforded to Beale turned out to be the slimmest of the lot – just 12 matches.

The 2022/23 Championship Manager Sackings

There were 22 managerial casualties (excluding interim managers under 21 days in charge) in the 2022/23 Championship season. For one reason or another, owners, fans, managers, and players alike thought they’d be better off siding with the potential of greener grass elsewhere.

Twenty-Two. That’s mind-boggling in a league with 46 games and just 24 clubs. The 2022/23 season ended with an average of 0.92 sackings per club if split evenly.

However, it must be mentioned that Watford, QPR, Huddersfield, and Wigan opted to change their man in charge on multiple occasions.

Ignoring the somewhat lengthy interim spell of Andy Dawson (33 days) in Hull following Shota Arveladze’s departure, it was former Liverpool and Arsenal central defender Kolo Toure who endured the shortest spell of any Championship manager last term. The Ivorian spent 58 days in charge of the Latics, whilst Huddersfield’s Danny Schofield (69), QPR’s Neil Critchley (69) and Mick McCarthy (79) in Blackpool were out of the door before the paint had dried in their new office.



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