Latest Manager Betting

The BBC apparently now understands that Martin Jol is set to become the next Fulham manager.

There is currently no bookmaker offering odds on this outcome, with Betfair the only place still with an active market where Jol is currently available to back at 1.20. The liquidity is very low though, which is usually a good sign that the outcome is still not totally set in stone and should be treated with caution.

In the next manager to leave his job market, VC Bet have made Newcastle’s Chris Hughton their 2/1 favourite, followed by the Italian trio of Roberto Mancini @ 5/1, with Roberto Martinez and Roberto Di Matteo both at 6/1.

Sunderland’s Steve Bruce is next in line at 7/1, with Avram Grant, Alex McLeish, Sam Allardyce and Mick McCarthy all at 8/1. Interestingly Ian Holloway is as long as 12/1 with Chandler, as when Paddy Power had their book up earlier in the weekend the Blackpool boss was one of their favourites, along with Mancini.

Manchester City boss, Mancini looks fairly vulnerable, as does Chris Hughton. Think Hughton will be gone by November if Newcastle don’t make a great start, with the ‘we had to act now to get a new man settled in before the transfer window’ excuse rolled out.

As for Mancini, who knows what Man City will do, he could be gone after 5 or 6 games if they don’t get off to a good start.

Following Mark Hughes treatment last season, I would imagine the owner won’t tolerate a slack start from the Italian after all the money he has spent. Also he didn’t have a brilliant end to last season and if my memory serves me right, he had a worse record than Hughes did, I’m sure all this won’t be lost on the owners!

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