The comments may have been taken out of context, and are more than likely what secretly goes on behind the scenes at most clubs in the bottom half of the Premier League, but Norwich chief executive, David McNally’s remarks about being aware of potential replacements for Chris Hughton, can’t be helpful.
“It would be almost delinquent of the football club to not be aware of potential candidates if for any reason your manager left. If results are not good enough you have to be aware of who is out there to help. You look at the market and who might be right for Norwich City.
“If we needed to make a change, then if a change was necessary it wouldn’t be a case of, who are the contenders? It would be a case of reviewing what is required, where are we going and who is best placed to take the club forward.” David McNally
I’d have to give David McNally 10 out of 10 for his honesty, but how must Chris Hughton and his players feel?
As I already eluded too, it’s probably what goes on at all Premier League clubs at the bottom end of the table at some stage of the season, and is probably happening at other clubs at the moment. Are the comments really helpful though?
However innocent – or possibly taken out of context – the remarks are, McNally must have known how they would get reported. If he is naive enough to think anything different, then he is lucky to be in such a position at the club.
On to the betting, and Hughton is now Even money favourite at both BetVictor (£25 Free Bet) and Paddy Power to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post (this season).
Hughton seems to be one of these negative managers who tries to win a few matches early in the season, and then spends the second half of the season trying to draw his way to safety. He did it last season and got away with it, and he’s trying it again this season.
This might go some way to explaining why Norwich are joint 3rd favourites (with Crystal Palace) at a best price of 7/4 with Ladbrokes to go down.
Back to the sack race, and Skybet have ‘No Manager To Leave’ as second favourite at a best price of 9/2, while Paddy Power are 5/2 that there are no more vacancies in the Premier League this campaign.
BetVictor don’t have ‘No Manager To Leave’ as a runner in their market, and they make Alan Pardew 2nd favourite at 5/1.