Premier League sack race – Steve Bruce odds SLASHED overnight as Newcastle takeover agreement nears

STEVE BRUCE'S tenure as Newcastle manager is drawing towards a conclusion.

That's according to Sky Bet, who've made Bruce odds-on favourite to be the second Premier League manager sent packing this season.

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The Toon boss was available at 3/1 at the beginning of the week.

But that price has crashed to odds-on 1/3 as the club's long-awaited Saudi takeover inches towards completion.

A long-standing row over TV piracy has been resolved, bringing an end to 18 months of deadlock after Mike Ashley initially agreed to sell in April 2020.

The Saudi-led consortium will have an 80 per cent controlling stake and with Ashley out of the picture – Bruce could be the first casualty of a new era on Tyneside.

The Toon are winless this season and have dropped into the relegation zone after collecting three points from a possible 21.

Next Premier League manager to leave

Sky Bet odds

  • Steve Bruce – 1/3
  • Nuno Espirito Santo – 7/1
  • Daniel Farke – 8/1
  • Claudio Ranieri – 11/1
  • Bruno Lage – 12/1
  • Mikel Arteta – 16/1
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – 18/1
  • Ralph Hasenhuttl – 20/1
  • Brendan Rodgers – 25/1
  • Patrick Vieira – 25/1

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Their latest defeat to Wolves sparked criticism from Newcastle's fans at Molineux, who chanted for him to leave the club.

Eddie Howe is the current favourite to replace Bruce, although there are plenty of big names being linked including Antonio Conte, Frank Lampard and Zinedine Zidane.

Tottenham's Nuno Espirito Santo is second favourite at 7/1.

The Portuguese secured a much-needed win over Aston Villa before the international break to relieve the pressure after three-consecutive league defeats.

Daniel Farke is available at 8/1 after their point at Turf Moor.

New Watford boss Claudio Ranieri is fourth in the betting market at 11/1 after the trigger-happy club sacked Xisco Munoz.

Ranieri is the Hornets' 14th managerial change under the Pozzo family since they took over in 2012.

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