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Tim Sherwood leads Premier League sack race as Spurs lose at Liverpool

A heavy defeat to 7/4 Premier League title chances Liverpool cost Andre Villas-Boas his job as Tottenham boss in December.

Following a similar result at Anfield last time out, his successor Tim Sherwood is fighting to avoid the axe, but Coral make him the clear, odds-on 4/6 favourite to be next manager to leave his post.

Ex-Spurs midfielder Sherwood recorded just one win in six in all competitions during March, and there is widespread speculation that outgoing Dutch national boss Louis van Gaal will replace him after the World Cup.

Ruud Gullit, a former Chelsea and Newcastle United coach, claims Van Gaal coming to White Hart Lane this summer is a “done deal”. That argument appears to be strengthening with every passing game.

Sherwood sat in the stands once more, following a series of emotional outbursts on the touchline, as his Tottenham team conceded within 100 seconds to Brendan Rodgers’ Reds.

Liverpool went on to win 4-0 with Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson among the scorers.

A Premier League winner with Blackburn Rovers during his playing days, Sherwood defended his right to take up a watching brief in the Anfield directors’ box. “You have seen enough of me ranting and raving,” he said.

“It’s time for me to start assessing, taking a step back and looking what we need to do for the future, because our performances against teams in the top four and the teams above us have not been good enough.”

Behind Sherwood in the sack race are 5/1 shots Chris Hughton, whose Norwich side lost heavily at Swansea, and West Brom boss Pepe Mel. Those two sides meet next at Carrow Road, and the latter manager has won just once in 11 Premier League outings since joining the Baggies.

Under-fire David Moyes, who must prepare his Manchester United team to tackle Champions League holders and favourites Bayern Munich in this season’s quarter-finals, is 10/1 to be next gaffer to go.

It is 16/1 bar those names, but West Ham boss Sam Allardyce – who was on the end of the boo boys in the Hammers’ last outing – has seen his odds shorten from 33/1 to 25/1.