At the start of the week Norwich had just won, and the pressure had eased on the latest manager’s head to apparently be next on the chopping board.
Norwich’s well timed victory over Spurs (and recent home draw with Man City) seen Chris Hughton joined as favourite in the sack race betting, by the ‘no manager to leave’ outcome.
What a difference a couple of days makes though – and in the case of West Brom, with not even a ball kicked – as now both David Moyes and Pepe Mel are competing for favouritism in this market, and we have now seen Chris Hughton pushed out to fourth favourite at a massive looking 10/1 with Paddy Power.
First we had rumours on social media that David Moyes was about to be sacked on the back of their 2-0 defeat to Olympiakos on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, and then a story started to emerge from West Brom that Pepe Mel was under pressure and had been told by senior players that they weren’t adapting very well to his new playing style.
All this has seen the odds on David Moyes to be the next Premier League manager out slashed to a best price of 6/4 with Coral (£50 Free Bet), he is as short as 8/11 with Skybet.
Pepe Mel has also shortened and he is currently a best price of 23/10 with Skybet to be the next manager out on his ear.
The stories about Mel look the more significant to me. If it is true that senior players are unhappy with him (and it hasn’t been denied by the club), then it’s probably a safe bet to assume that they have gone above him, or behind his back, and made their feelings known to club hierarchy.
The story yesterday suggested that the players had told Mel of their unhappiness, and even if that is true, it is obvious that this is also known elsewhere within the club. And we all know what is generally the outcome when a manager has lost the dressing room!