Jose Mourinho Sack Race Betting

14/12/2015 – Leicester 2-1 Chelsea

Leicester condemned Chelsea to their ninth defeat in sixteen Premier League matches live on Sky Sports tonight, and seemingly heaped a whole lot more pressure on Jose Mourinho.

Every time it looks like Chelsea have turned the corner, another defeat seems to come along and send them back to Square 1. Last week the Blues bounced back with a decent performance when beating Porto in the Champions league.

Then tonight they turn in another sloppy display, leading to Mourinho claiming that he felt “betrayed” by some of his players. Pretty strong stuff, and I’m not sure what it will do for the dressing room harmony.

Anyway, Mourinho is back into odds on favourite to be next manager out, where he is currently a best price of 10/11 with BetVictor (new customers can claim a £25.00 Free Bet here.

07/11/15 – Stoke 1-0 Chelsea

Yet another defeat for Chelsea and Jose Mourinho, and this has seen Betfair launch one of their new sign up offers on Jose Mourinho to get the sack.

There is now a break for international fixtures, meaning Chelsea don’t have a match for two weeks. You would have to imagine if Abramovich is going to pull the trigger, now might be the ideal time.

01/11/15Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool

The defending Champions sixth defeat in eleven Premier League matches has seen Jose Mourinho now go odds on in the sack race, the Chelsea manager is now a best price of 4/11 with Paddy Power (£30.00 in free bets here).

Of Mourinho’s rivals in the sack race, last weekend’s favourite, Steve McClaren seen his odds lengthen to 4/1 on the back of Newcastle’s improved display in their 0-0 draw at home to Stoke. It’s widely accepted that only a decent performance from Stoke stopper, Jack Butland, prevented Newcastle recording their second win of the season.

All of this, along with more bad headlines (during last week) regarding the Doctor Eva Canario affair, have conspired to see Mourinho go heavy odds on favourite.

Mourinho claims to not fear for his job, and he has had a vote of confidence, of sorts. Can he survive to the International Break in a couple of weeks? Or might Chelsea be eyeing that up as the ideal time to get rid of him?

In Next Chelsea Manager Betting markets, Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti lead the betting, both at 4/1. Third on the list, and possibly a more viable candidate if Chelsea act soon, is Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simone at 8/1.

27/10/15Stoke 1-1 Chelsea (Stoke win 5-4 on pens)

Although not strictly speaking a defeat for Chelsea, they still – as holders – crashed out of the Capital One Cup at the hands of Stoke via a penalty shoot-out, and now Jose Mourinho has overtaken Newcastle’s Steve McClaren in the sack race.

Mourinho now finds himself as the outright favourite to be the next manager to leave his post, he is currently a best price of 5/4 with Coral (£20.00 in free bets here).

If there’s any light at the end of the tunnel for Chelsea and Mourinho, it’s that this weekend’s opponents Liverpool, aren’t exactly flying at the moment – although the same could have been said about Stoke as well.

26/10/15 – Following on from Tim Sherwood’s sacking by Aston Villa yesterday, Newcastle then got beat 3-0 by Sunderland, and this seen Steve McClaren catapulted in above Jose Mourinho as the new favourite in the sack race.

McClaren is now the 5/4 favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post, with Jose Mourinho the second favourite at a best price of 9/4 with Betvictor (£25.00 Free Bet) and Coral.

24/10/15West Ham 2-1 Chelsea

Today’s 2-1 reversal at the hands of West Ham was Chelsea’s (the defending champions) fifth defeat in their opening ten Premier league matches. This defeat leaves the Blues in 15th place in the table, and already 11 points behind leaders Arsenal (both having played 10 matches).

This seems to have led to another rush of bets on Mourinho to be the next manager to leave his job and he is now a best price of 9/2 with Coral (£20.00 In Free Bets Here) to be next manager to be booted out the door. The Chelsea manager is now the second favourite behind Tim Sherwood, the current sack race favourite, with other bookies having Mourinho as short as 3/1 or 4/1.

It is now getting to the stage where you do wonder if the Chelsea hierarchy will act? Mourinho was sent to the stands today, he already has a suspended stadium ban (likely to be implemented now) around his neck, and almost every time he opens his mouth, he courts controversy.

The club must be getting sick of all of the negative headlines. First it was the issue with the club doctors, now it seems to be referees and/or Arsene Wenger on a weekly basis. They may tolerate these adverse stories if the team are being successful on the pitch, but at the moment they don’t even look like winning.

Mourinho may have a point with some of the things he says about Arsene Wenger, but he gives off the aura of a man who is more preoccupied in scoring points off the Frenchman, instead of focusing on what is happening with his own team.

There are reports that the dressing room isn’t behind the manager, all of which is denied by Mourinho. In his previous stint as Chelsea boss, he had players like Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba who sung his praises and gave the impression they would run through brick walls for him, so all this flies in the face of the argument that Mourinho has lost the dressing room.

That said, there must be players in the dressing room who are more than just unhappy with the way Mourinho treated the two doctor’s (Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn) during and after the Swansea match. And with the way the players are performing, anybody could be forgiven for thinking that Mourinho has lost the dressing room.

Next Chelsea Manager Betting

He’s not even gone yet, and there is also no strong rumours coming out the club that Jose Mourinho is even going to get sacked, but there is already ‘Next Chelsea Manager’ betting markets available.

The man who is favourite to be next Chelsea manager in the event of Jose Mourinho being sacked, is Carlo Ancelotti, who is currently a best price of 6/1 with Ladbrokes (£50.00 Free Bet Here) to replace the Portuguese.

Next comes his old adversity from his time in Spain, Pep Guardiola, who is a best price of 8/1 with Skybet. Diego Simone is third in the betting at 9/1 with Ladbrokes, with Brendan Rodgers in fourth place at a best price of 18/1 with Skybet.

Here we take a look at the credentials of the four main contenders.

Carlo Ancelotti – The Italian is widely regarded to have been very unlucky to have lost his job first time round at Chelsea, and his treatment may be one of the main reasons whys he might be more than just a bit reluctant to want to go back to the Bridge.

One of the reasons rumoured to be behind the Italian’s sacking, was because he was perceived to have failed in the Champions League. This is despite the fact that Ancelotti is one of only two managers in history to have won the Champions League three times.

Personally I would be surprised if the Italian was prepared to swallow his pride and go back to the club. Ancelotti doesn’t need to take the risk. He is widely respected throughout football, and he knows that the offer of a top job somewhere is waiting just around the corner.

Pep Guardiola – I just don’t see this one happening during the season. According to reports in the past (and I don’t know how accurate these reports were), Guardiola wasn’t interested in the job, as he didn’t like the way Chelsea went about their business (not my words, any Chelsea fans reading).

The reports in the media when Guardiola was taking his sabbatical after finishing at Barcelona, were that he wouldn’t take the job at any price.

I also can’t see any way in the world that Guardiola would walk out on his job at Bayern Munich half way through a season, it’s not as if things are going badly in Bavaria either.

The only way Pep might take this job is if it becomes available at the end of the season, and Guardiola and Bayern have decided to part company, amicably. I can’t see Pep forcing through a move to Chelsea, why would he?

Diego Simeone – The Argentine is in a similar mould to Mourinho footballing wise, maybe he is more defensive, but he can tactically set up a team in a manner only Mourinho can.

Would Abramovich want a manager who plays more entertaining football? Who knows. One thing that is for certain is that Simeone could work with the players in the same sort of manner that Mourinho does.

The downside to this though, is that a reason why things aren’t currently working for Mourinho could be because the players want to be more attacking? Maybe part of the problem is that players like Hazard and Fabregas have had enough of playing with the shackles on?

With Simeone never having managed at the top, top level (no disrespect to Atletico Madrid), I reckon he wouldn’t hesitate to jump ship if the opportunity came along.

Brendan Rodgers – Treated with disdain by some sections of Liverpool fans, despite nearly winning them the league two seasons back (according to some, it was nothing to do with Rodgers). And some might be asking why the Irishman is even a runner in this market?

Well, I believe the answer to that question is for a few reasons. Firstly, he would take the job should it become available (something that couldn’t be guaranteed with two of the above three), there can be little doubt about that. Second, he has Chelsea connections, and I would imagine he is well thought of, and respected within the club.

Thirdly, in manners similar to those of Roberto di Matteo, Rafa Benitez and maybe even Avram Grant, Rodgers is the sort of manager who you could see ‘keeping the seat warm’ until the real target (ie, Pep) became available at the end of the season, and for these reasons I believe he could be a serious contender.

In the event of Chelsea handing Rodgers an 18 or 30 month contract, they would have no problem or hesitation in sacking him after 6 months if Pep Guardiola became available.