David Wagner’s odds to be the next Premier League managerial casualty cut

David Wagner’s odds to be the next Premier League managerial casualty cut

It has been a difficult season so far for Huddersfield Town and their manager David Wagner. The Terriers sit rock bottom of the Premier League table after 21 matches with just two wins and 10 points to their name.

Their latest poor result came on Tuesday 2nd January, as they suffered a 2-1 home defeat against another of the relegation threatened clubs in the top flight, Burnley.

Now bookmakers are suggesting that Wagner could lose his job if results do not improve soon, cutting his odds to 7/4 to be the next Premier League manager to leave. Prior to the defeat against Burnley he was 13/2 to be the next manager to leave with William Hill, but clearly another poor result was enough for bookmakers to believe that he is on the brink of the sack.

The change in his odds to be the next manager to leave sees him leapfrog the Leicester City manager Claude Puel who was the previous favourite, but wins against Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton over Christmas appear to have eased the pressure on the Frenchman.

Burnley’s Chris Wood celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game during the Premier League match at the John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield.

German-American manager Wagner had been a revelation since arriving in West Yorkshire in 2015. He initially turned things around after a difficult start in the Championship under Chris Powell in the 2015/16 season before then defying the odds to guide the Terriers to promotion to the Premier League the following season, beating Reading on penalties in the play-off final.

He then upset all the odds once again last season by keeping Huddersfield in the top flight, but repeating that feat this season is beginning to look like a tall order.

At the time of writing they sit eight points adrift of safety after eight successive defeats in the league and things are looking bleak. They cannot score goals – they have netted just 13 times in 21 games so far – and they are also leaking goals with 37 having already gone in against them.

With the January transfer window now open Wagner will be keen to bolster his squad, particularly in attacking areas but will he get the chance? Well despite the bookmakers suggesting that he won’t, Huddersfield’s owner Dean Hoyle did say back in October that he will not sack his manager, even if they suffer relegation.

Whether or not Hoyle has changed his mind in the months since he said that remains to be seen, but it is clear that the bookmakers think Wagner’s time at the John Smiths Stadium could be coming to an end.