Who's Next in the English Premier League Sack Race?

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterDecember 3, 2012

Who's Next in the English Premier League Sack Race?

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    The English Premier League sack race is a cruel but genuine contest.

    Roberto Di Matteo and Mark Hughes have fallen. Who's now leading this infamous competition?

    Let's take a look at the contenders and assess whether or not they'll be given more time in charge, with Paul Lambert and Nigel Adkins among the names discussed.

    Read on for more details.

Paul Lambert

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    Despite being 16th in the English Premier League, Paul Lambert's job is currently as safe as Sir Alex Ferguson's.

    Surprised to hear that statement? Don't be. Aston Villa are fed up of switching managers after enjoying four years of consistency with Martin O'Neill and simply want someone to provide some stability.

    Even if Villa got relegated, Lambert would not get sacked.

    Probability: 2/10

Martin O'Neill

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    Martin O'Neill, on the other hand, doesn't look so comfortable.

    Sunderland's performances this season have been abject and they sit just one point above the relegation zone.

    They're looking for Stephane Sessegnon to dictate every game but he's rarely coming up with the goods. O'Neill's lack of tactical flexibility is costing them week in, week out.

    Probability: 5/10

Brian McDermott

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    The general consensus, it seems, among Reading fans is that they don't want Brian McDermott to be sacked.

    They do, however, want him to learn quickly. His tactics aren't suited to the English Premier League and the Royals seem to happy to surrender possession too easily.

    They've got goal-scoring potential throughout their side in addition to some key defensive pieces. They just need to make the final tweaks in the philosophy.

    Probability: 4/10

Nigel Adkins

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    Nigel Adkins appears to be turning a corner with Southampton after impressive victories over Newcastle and Queens Park Rangers.

    Their free-flowing possession football is finally up and running, while Gaston Ramirez has released the shackles of his injuries.

    The Saints look good value to start marching up the table, and if we can take anything from this list, it's that the next sacking is going to be out of the blue.

    Probability: 4/10