Boston Air Traffic control has reported a marked increase in European flights Stateside since Fenway Sports Group (FSG) decided that Liverpool FC cult hero Kenny Dalglish didn’t quite cut the mustard managerial wise.
Wigan’s Roberto Martinez (4/6f) hitched a red-eye earlier in the week to meet John W Henry and with the weight of money Paddy Power has seen for him all day, it obviously went well.
Martinez opened at 15/8f this morning but was quickly rushed into 11/8f after sustained support. With Sky reporting that he is due to meet the FSG boys again this weekend, people are starting to put two and two together.
But what of the other candidates?
Former Dutch and Ajax coach Louis van Gaal is going to have his work cut out at 6/1 third favourite for the job from an opening 9/1.
Van Gaal was sacked as Bayern Munich’s head coach 13 months ago but has been suffering some irritating withdrawal symptoms of late.
“My fingers are itching. I’m full of fire and want to work with players,” he told reporters recently.
Despite Dortmund boss Jorgen Klopp’s earlier denials he has been backed from 33/1 into 16/1 to fill the Anfield hot seat but the money has dried up for Andre Villas-Boas who’s out to 3/1.
There seems to have been a reverse ferret at Stamford Bridge where Roberto Di Matteo is now 4/7 after guiding Chelsea to Champions League and FA Cup success, while French coach, Laurent Blanc, is 16s form 20s and best-backed this morning.
England play France in their opening game of Euro 2012 on Monday, June 11.
Inspired money for Rafa Benitez this afternoon has seen the former Liverpool and Inter manager’s odds slashed to 6/1 from 25s to replace Alec McLeish as Aston Villa’s manager.
Gary McAllister was a late entry to the party is also 6/1 for the Villains gig while Paddy Power has had a few nibbles for Kevin Macdonald, who’s now a 16/1 shot.
We seem to recall that Gerard Houllier had to step in for MacDonald and in turn was replaced by McAllister in the 2010/11 season?
Anyway, higher up the table, the rush to replace new England boss Roy Hodgson at West Brom has former Republic of Ireland defender and current Birmingham boss Chris Hughton hardening into 1/3.