Odds slashed on Aitor Karanka to depart Middlesbrough

Karanka has been slashed from 25/1 to 4/1 to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked following Middlesbrough's defeat to Watford.

Odds slashed on Aitor Karanka to depart Middlesbrough

After failing to pick up a victory in the league since August, Aitor Karanka is now the second favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave their post. The club invested heavily in the summer with the acquisition of twelve new players, which include Victor Valdés and Álvaro Negredo. Those signings have largely failed to deliver, with the board rumoured to be losing patience with the Spaniard.

Karanka famously had his disagreements with the board last season, storming out of the club in March, just two months before the end of the season. Karanka ended up staying and Middlesbrough achieved promotion but that incident could now play a part in deciding the Spaniard's future. We’ve seen the odds cut overnight from 25/1 to 4/1 that he’ll become the next manager to leave his post.

Elsewhere in the market, Tony Pulis remains prominent at odds of 6/1 on to leave West Brom. The Baggies drew their third consecutive game at the weekend and many fans have been calling out for the Welshman to be sacked since the beginning of the season. The club currently find themselves in 12th place, which is a comparatively safe position but it is the style of play that is the issue. Pulis is yet to taste relegation in the Premier League, so if the board were to side with the fans and relieve Pulis of his duties, it would have to go down as a big risk.

A few weeks ago Mark Hughes looked to be in serious danger of losing his job after a difficult start of the season at odds of 7/2. Having failed to win any of the opening seven games, Stoke defeated Sunderland 2-0 on Saturday to pick up their first victory. That result helped assure Hughes of his place at the club and he’s now 16/1 be the next manager to get the sack. That could partly be due to Stoke's upcoming favourable run of fixtures in which they play Hull, Swansea, West Ham, Bournemouth and Watford.

David Moyes remains the favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post, following their 2-0 away defeat to Stoke at the weekend. After failing to pick up a win in their eight games so far, angry Sunderland fans are calling for Moyes to resign immediately and he’s best priced 6/5 to leave. It was always going to be tough for Moyes with the squad he has at Sunderland but it seems he is running out of time to turn things around. With Sam Allardyce available to return to the club after leaving England, the pressure is on for Moyes to deliver results quickly.