BET YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE Steve Bruce to be first manager sacked 12/1
This would have required a bit of patience, with this price available at the beginning of the season, but with such a poor finish to last season the pressure was likely to be on from the start.
Add to that the enormous turnover of players Sunderland have gone through since this time last year and Bruce's odds looked generous.
Of course, Steve Kean was the favourite to be sacked before anybody else but, with Blackburn's owners not investing millions, the Scotsman could at least make the excuse they were someone else's players.
Once his summer signings failed to make an impact, however, Bruce had no such excuse.