STEVE BRUCE has returned to the top of the betting market in the Premier League sack race.
The Newcastle boss had drifted to 5/2 after Saturday's 2-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park.
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But defeat to Crystal Palace has seen him reinstalled as the 6/4 favourite to be the next top-flight manager to be relieved of his duties.
The Toon looked a more attack-minded side but it wasn't enough to prevent their eighth defeat in the past 11 league games.
The result left Newcastle in 16th position and eight points above Fulham in the drop-zone – having played two games more.
After the defeat, Bruce said: "Frustrated and disappointed as our performance didn't deserve for us to be beat.
"We had 10 minutes where we went too deep and let in sloppy goals. In this league that punishes you.
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- Nuno Espirito Santo – 7/2
- Sam Allardyce – 6/1
- Jose Mourinho – 6/1
- Ralph Hasenhuttl – 15/2
- Roy Hodgson – 15/2
- Scott Parker – 12/1
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"Our performance levels have been better certainly over the last few weeks. We have tried to implement change in the last month or so and what you're looking for is a performance to go with it.
"As often in the Premier League, it's defining moments. Apart from that 10 to 15-minute spell, we had the better chances and should have taken something from the game."
Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo was previously favourite for the AXE after succumbing to a 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
But Tuesday's 2-1 win over nine-man Arsenal, their first league victory since a 2-1 victory at Molineux against Chelsea on 15 December, has seen his odds drift out to 7/2.
Sam Allardyce has seen his odds tumble to 6/1 (from 16/1) after his side blew a one-goal lead against rock-bottom Sheffield United.
The Baggies have picked up one win in 10 games since Big Sam replaced Slaven Bilic at The Hawthorns and are now NINE points adrift from safety.
Jose Mourinho joins Allardyce at 6/1 with his outfit having lost their last two-consecutive outings to Liverpool and Brighton.
Ralph Hasenhuttl is slightly further back at 15/2 after last night's 9-0 demolition at Old Trafford – their second by that scoreline in two seasons.
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