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Louis van Gaal odds-on favourite to be the next Premier League manager to face the axe

Published 14/12/2015 | 09:48

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal looks dejected
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal looks dejected

Bookies tend to be a little over-sensitive to rumours on social media, but tales that Louis van Gaal is about to resign as Manchester United manager have seen them slash the odds on the Dutchman being the next Premier League boss to lose his job.

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While Twitter 'exclusives' are about as credible as some of the wannabe journalists/insiders spinning them on social media, chatter suggesting Van Gaal is ready to quit was all over Twitter forced the odds-makers to act.

After a week that saw United crash out of the Champions League and then lose to Bournemouth in the Premier League, the pressure is mounting on Van Gaal and yet it is hard to imagine he is ready to quit already.

This may be wishful thinking from United fans hoping they can see the back of their increasingly unpopular manager sooner rather than later, but oods makers have taken the bait and installed the Dutchman as the new odds-on favourite in the Premier League sack race.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been the favourite to face the axe ahead of his side's tricky trip to Premier League leaders Leicester, but the odds makers have moved to fend off any notion that Van Gaal may be about to leave United.

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The Dutchman stated last month that he would walk away from United if he felt he no longer had the support of the players in his dressing room and while there is no suggestion from credible sources that is the case, it is clear that the tide has turned against Van Gaal.

Here are the latest odds on the next manager to be sacked in the Premier League:

Louis van Gaal (Man Utd) 4/5

Jose Mourinho (Chelsea) 5/2

Steve McClaren (Newcastle) 7/1

Remi Garde (Aston Villa) 12/1

Alex Neil (Norwich) 12/1

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