NEWCASTLE boss Steve Bruce is the new outright favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post.
The struggling Toon were comfortably beaten 3-0 by Arsenal last night thanks to goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka.
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The defeat stretched their winless run to 11 games in all competitions, with just one goal in nearly 12 hours of football.
Bruce had previously been 10/1 to be the next top-flight manager to be relieved of his duties.
But bookmakers Paddy Power have now slashed his odds of dismissal to 6/5 – leapfrogging Sheffield United's Chris Wilder into favouritism.
Asked about his future at St James' Park, Bruce said: "I am trying to do the best I possibly can as always but you will have to ask others about that.
"We gave as good as we got and got into ourselves some decent opportunities but that little bit of confidence has ebbed away for sure.
Premier League next manager sacked odds – Paddy Power
- Steve Bruce – 6/5
- Chris Wilder – 21/10
- Frank Lampard – 7/2
- Roy Hodgson – 9/1
- Nuno Espirito Santo – 9/1
- Mikel Arteta – 10/1
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"The only way it comes back is with a couple of victories. We just have to keep working at it. We always knew we entering a really difficult run of games.
"To play Arsenal, Leicester, Liverpool and Manchester City we always knew it was going to be difficult against these top teams.
"We have to get the balance right and we will keep working on it."
Blades boss Wilder was odds-on 8/15 last week but despite a 3-1 home defeat to Tottenham – his price has drifted back out to 21/10.
Chelsea's Frank Lampard is third in the betting market at 7/2.
The Blues' 1-0 victory over 10-man Fulham moved them up into seventh position – eight points behind leaders Manchester United.
However, Lampard insists he's not concerned by questions about his future, saying pressure is part and parcel of being in charge of a club such as Chelsea.
Before the win over Fulham, he told reporters: "I was very aware when I came into this job, if you manage a top Premier League club… you have to understand that pressure will come very quickly at times. And the pressure is constantly there anyway.
"Earlier in the season, we had a lot of great things coming through and then a tough patch.
"These two weeks have given us a chance to focus on the basics of our game, what we are and how we want to play and I just want to see those things come through."
In behind the leading three candidates are Crystal Palace's Roy Hodgson and Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo at 9s with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta Mikel Arteta at 10/1.
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