Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho and Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola are the joint favourites to be lured by Roman Abramovich to Stamford Bridge should the Russian billionaire pull the plug on his sixth manager in the last five years.
Despite successfully holding the reigns at the biggest two clubs in the world, doubt surrounds the future of both men at the giant La Liga clubs and Paddy Power make the pair 9/2 joint favourites to replace Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea. Some believe Villas-Boas could even be just one game away from the exit door, encouraging punters to bet on some of the biggest names in football management to be next on Roman’s managerial conveyor belt. Fabio Capello is also a front-runner at 11/2 before a gap to the rest of the pack that includes the likes of Rafa Benitez at 12/1 and Joachim Low at 16/1.
Chelsea’s Andre Villas-Boas is certainly the manager most under pressure as the 10/11 current favourite in Paddy Power’s sack race betting, followed by a possibly Wembley-bound Harry Redknapp at 9/2 and Aston Villa’s under fire Alex McLeish at 15/2.
In London the managers of the capital’s biggest three clubs are all under pressure for various reasons. Paddy Power bet on which of Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs will be the first capital club to lose their current manager with Chelsea 1/2 favourites followed by Spurs at 11/4 and Arsenal at 9/2.
Another particularly active managerial market at the moment is for the next boss of Wolverhampton Wanderers. Reading’s Brian McDermott has gate-crashed the party today to become the 9/4 favourite from 3/1 earlier in the day. Former odds-on favourite Steve Bruce continues to drift at 11/4 second favourite with former Huddersfield manager Lee Clark making up the top three at 3/1.
Darren Haines, spokesman for Paddy Power, said: “Such is the managerial merry-go-round at the moment that it’s hard for punters to keep up with. As managers get sacked at one club then quickly reappear at another it has the knock-on effect of shaking up all the other manager markets still live. As a result we a e seeing new markets and new favourites almost everyday at the moment.”