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Pochettino backed as United struggle under Rangnick
Will Manchester United ever see the real Ralf Rangnick? The highly-respected German was expected to make an immediate impact in his time as interim boss at Old Trafford but, after last night’s defeat at home to Wolves, fans must be wondering what on earth is going on.
He is still the favourite to be United’s manager at the start of next season but the price has drifted to 7/5 while Mauricio Pochettino has shortened to 21/10.
As the team struggled with Rangnick’s 4-2-2-2 system against Wolves, before changing formation for the second-half, United’s play was less a case of Rangnick’s lauded gegenpress and simply a terrible mess.
The club’s problems run deep and there are no short term solutions, but against Wolves the Red Devils looked as bad as they have all season. Under Rangnick they have won three, drawn one and lost one in the Premier League, with all five opponents in the bottom half of the table.
United are out to 3.02/1 to finish in top four this season. They are seventh in the table, two points adrift of sixth-placed Tottenham who have a game in hand.
Rangnick’s next assignment is an FA Cup tie at home to Aston Villa on Monday.
Pochettino, meanwhile, last night oversaw a 4-0 win for his PSG team in the French cup. They are 13 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 and into the last 16 of the Champions League. And yet there is a growing sense that the Argentine will not stay at PSG beyond season.
United will be monitoring the situation, especially if they continue to struggle under Rangnick’s management.
Benitez 6/4 to be next manager out
New Year same old story for Rafael Benitez’s Everton after their defeat to Brighton – which was tipped by our match previewer – piled pressure on the Spaniard.
By half-time, they were 2-0 down at Goodison Park.
A second-half fightback, which saw the Toffees score two goals and eventually lose 3-2, gave the manager some encouragement, but did nothing to change the fact Everton have one win in 12 games.
Benitez is 6/4 to become the seventh Premier League manager to lose his job this season.
There are signs, however, that he will be give time to turn the situation around.
Everton have been quick off the mark in the January transfer window, signing Ukraine left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko for nearly £18m.
It could be that Claudio Ranieri, whose Watford side have lost six in a row, is a better bet at 2/1 as the Hornets board rarely give manager time to reverse the team’s fortunes once things start to go awry.
Ranieri exit odds shorten after Watford defeat to West Ham
Claudio Ranieri is 10/3 to become the seventh Premier League manager – and the second Watford boss – to lose his job this season after his Hornets side suffered a heavy defeat to West Ham on Tuesday.
Emmanuel Bonaventure put Watford 1-0 up in four minutes at Vicarage Road but that was as good as it got for the hosts. The Hammers were 2-1 up by half-time and added a couple more after the break, winning 4-1.
It was Watford’s first game since 10 December due to covid, but the break appeared to have done them no good at all as they registered their fifth consecutive defeat.
The club’s Italian owners are notoriously ruthless when it comes to sacking managers and it would be no surprise if Ranieri were to be dismissed less than three months after he took over.
Watford are 17th in the Premier League, two points above the drop zone, but they have played two more games than Burnley in 18th. Ranieri’s men are 1.758/11 to be relegated.
Last time Watford were in the Premier League, in 2019/20, the owners sacked three managers during the season.
Bielsa shortens again after another heavy defeat
Marcelo Bielsa has been trimmed to 7/2 in the Next PL Manager to Leave Their Club market after Leeds United suffered another heavy defeat, this time a home 1-4 loss to Arsenal.
Worrying times for Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds.
? Betfair (@Betfair) December 19, 2021
Earlier in the week Bielsa was cut to 9/2 (from 16/1) to be the next manager to be sacked after Leeds were humiliated 7-0 at the Etihad Stadium.
Bielsa’s posistion is not being helped by a lengthy injury list that includes pivotal players such as Kalvin Phillips, Patrick Bamford, Liam Cooper, Diego Llorente, Rodrygo and Daniel James. Against Arsenal, Jack Harrison had to be substituted during the first half with a hip injury.
Next up for Leeds is a trip to title chasers Liverpool on Boxing Day where a third consecutive heavy defeat looks very likely.
Bielsa is the second favourite to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked behind 1/4 favourite Rafa Benitez.
Bielsa second favourite to go next
The odds shortened on Marcelo Bielsa becoming the next Premier League manager to leave his job after Leeds United were thumped 7-0 by Manchester City on Tuesday night.
The Argentine is 9/2 in the Sportsbook market.
The champions were in ruthless mood at the Etihad as they exposed the Yorkshire side’s defensive flaws and left them five points above the relegation zone, having played two games more than 18th-placed Burnley.
Leeds are 5.04/1 for relegation and have won just once in their last seven matches.
Bielsa has credit in the bank at Leeds after ending their long exile from the top flight, getting them promoted in 2020 and keeping them up last season.
But they have won just three of their 17 matches in the league this season.
Bielsa is a complelling and unpredictable figure and has made abrupt exits from clubs in the past.
Leeds’ next match is at home to Arsenal on Saturday.
Benitez heavy odds-on for exit
Rafael Benitez is 1/7 to be the next Premier League manager to leave his job after Everton were beaten 3-1 by Crystal Palace.
The Spaniard earned himself breathing space with last Monday’s win against Arsenal but the pressure is back on after the Toffees’ latest defeat.
They were lacklustre for at least an hour, during which time Palace went 2-0 up, before a late fightback saw the Blues push for an equaliser. Palace put the result beyond doubt with their third goal in injury time.
Benitez has been given more control at Goodison Park following the departure of director of football Marcel Brands, but the team cannot go on performing as poorly as they did on Sunday.
They are 14th in the Premier League, with one win in 10 matches and next they play Chelsea on Thursday at Stamford Bridge.
On the Exchange Everton are 2.9215/8 to finish in the top 10.
Claudio Ranieri is Benitez’s nearest rivals in the next manager to leave market at 11/2.
Rangnick backed to stay after United win
Ralf Rangnick was backed to continue as Manchester United manager beyond this season after the team won his first match in charge.
The Red Devils beat Crystal Palace 1-0 yesterday and, although they wasted chances and tailed off in the second-half, there was a new intensity about United.
Now Rangnick, who has a six month contract, is 7/4 to still be in charge at the beginning of next season, although Mauricio Pochettino is still the favourite at 6/4.
They are 1.910/11 to finish the season in the Premier League top four.
Benitez heavy odds-on for sack after derby disaster
Rafael Benitez is 1/7 to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked after his Everton side lost 4-1 at home to Liverpool.
Fans have been vocal in their criticism of the Everton board, and told them not to use Benitez as a shield from their own failings, but the Goodison faithful also chanted for the Spaniard to be sacked on Wednesday night.
At the current odds he is the firm favourite to become the seventh top flight boss to lose his job this season. Everton are 14th in the Premier League and host Arsenal in their next match on Monday.
There is no such front runner in the market on who will replace him. Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand 3/1 is the favourite but he was strongly linked with the Aston Villa job before drifting out of contention.
Nuno Espirito Santo 9/2, Frank Lampard 6/1 and Duncan Ferguson 6/1 are also in the mix.
Newcastle relegation odds shorten as Howe targets signings
Eddie Howe wants to sign players in January but, after they failed to beat Norwich at St James’ Park last night, Newcastle’s relegation odds shortened and transfer targets will have to weigh up the possibility of Championship football.
Howe’s men are bottom of the Premier League, winless after 14 matches and 1.674/6 for relegation.
Last night looked like a perfect opportunity to get their first victory, when they hosted the team directly above them in the table, but Newcastle were reduced to 10 men after nine minutes and, despite taking the lead, drew 1-1.
January looks set to be key for Newcastle as they sit winless at the bottom of the table.
Who will they bring in to bolster their squad? Soon to be out of contract James Tarkowski is 6/5 to join the club.
Kylian Mbappe is now 35/1 to make the switch. pic.twitter.com/BZ7cJx2e7A
? Betfair (@Betfair) December 1, 2021
James Tarkowski, the Burnley defender, is 6/5 to sign for Newcastle while Aaron Ramsey, who would give them some much needed creativity in attack, is 11/4.
Nathan Ake 7/2 , who played for Howe at Bournemouth, is another potential target, while an attempt to prise Wilfried Zaha 5/1 from Crystal Palace is not out of the question, according to the odds.
Jesse Lingard, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho are all 6/1. Money talks but so does the Premier League table and it’s questionable whether that trio would sign up for a relegation fight, regardless of how much Newcastle’s wealthy owners are prepared to pay them.
Next Everton manager market opens ahead of derby
The market on the next manager of Everton opened as underfire boss Rafael Benitez prepares his players for a do or die derby against Liverpool tomorrow night.
Benitez is 4/6 to be the next manager to leave after a run of poor results left Everton 14th in the Premier League.
In the next Everton manager market Kasper Hjulmand, who currently manages Denmark, is the favourite at 3/1.
Nuno Espirito Santo 9/2, Frank Lampard 6/1, Duncan Ferguson 15/2 and Graham Potter 9/1 are also prominent in the market.
Read Dave Tindall’s preview of Everton v Liverpool and get his tips.
Will Rangnick start Ronaldo?
Roy Keane certainly didn’t think Michael Carrick made the right decision in resting Cristiano Ronaldo against Chelsea; but will Ralf Rangnick restore the Portuguese to the starting line-up for Arsenal? In our latest Yes/No topical market, you can bet on whether the new United boss will do that.
We caught up with Dimitar Berbatov for his view on the selection controversy.
“Against Chelsea, they didn’t lose the game, they performed well in parts of the match and, because of that, you can say leaving Ronaldo out of the starting 11 was a justified decision from Michael Carrick.
“Carrick said that he had a conversation with Ronaldo explaining the situation and he reacted in a positive way. Obviously, this is a player with a legendary status in world football, so, he demands eye-to-eye conversations and I’m pretty sure that was the case here. Ronaldo took it and in my opinion handled it really well. When he came on in the game, he tried to do everything he could for the team.
“I think against Arsenal he is going to play because I don’t see him resting two games in a row, two important games at that as well. Overall, I was surprised that he didn’t start against Chelsea but I am expecting him to start against Arsenal.”
Rangnick confirmed as United interim manager
Manchester United have confirmed the appointed of Ralph Rangnick as interim manager on a six month contract.
Welcome to Manchester United, Ralf Rangnick #MUFC
? Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 29, 2021
The deal is subject to a work permit and would see Rangnick continue for a further two years at the club in a consultancy role.
Pochettino favourite to be United manager at start of next season
Mauricio Pochettino is 8/15 to be Manchester United manager at the start of next season.
Ralf Rangnick is set to be appointed as United’s interim manager – possibly in time for Thursday’s match against Arsenal – and is 5/1 to still be in charge at the start of the 2022/23 campaign.
Manchester United have official contracts and paperworks now ready to announce Ralf Rangnick appointment as interim coach – deal until June. #MUFC
Two years ‘consultancy’ role confirmed. He’ll have an influence on new manager decision & contracts expiring in the summer.
? Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) November 29, 2021
Pochettino continues to be linked with the club amid rumours that he is unsettled at Paris Saint-Germain and would like to join United. It is thought he would have no problem with working alongside Rangnick if, as expected, the German stays on in a directorial role beyond this season.
The Ajax manager Erik ten Haag comes next in the betting at 9/2 even though he has distanced himself form the Unied job.
Boos for Benitez as he’s cut to 7/4 to leave next
Rafa Benitez is the new 7/4 favourite in the Next Premier League Manager to Leave Their Club market after Everton lost 2-1 to Brentford on Sunday afternoon, a game that ended with the away fans booing their ‘ex-Liverpool’ manager.
Rafael Benitez is the new 7/4 favourite from 5/1 to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post.
Everton are now winless in seven Premier League games, collecting 2 points from a possible 21.
Everton’s worst run since January 2018 under Sam Allardyce. pic.twitter.com/u56qimaGkL
? Betfair (@Betfair) November 28, 2021
Benitez was available to back at 5/1 prior to the match, but the defeat has seen his odds shorten dramatically and he’s now the clear favourite ahead of Ralph Hasenhuttle at 13/5 and Brendan Rodgers at 5/1.
After a promising start to the season the Toffees are now without a win in their last seven Premier League games and they’ve collected just two points from the last 21 available, leaving them 14th in the table, six points above the drop zone.
Everton can be backed at 2.111/10 in the Top 10 Finish market, while they are trading at 9.617/2 to be relegated.
Betting suspended on next Man Utd manager with Rangnick set to be confirmed
Betting has been suspended in the Betfair Sportsbook market on the next Manchester United manager with the appointment of Ralf Rangnick looking inevitable.
About 24 hours ago Rangnick became the heavy odds-on favourite to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following reports that the German had agreed terms with the club. Confirmation of the deal depended on Rangnick’s current employer, Lokomotiv Moscow, giving it their blessing.
Since then the football community has been reactiong (Jurgen Klopp called it “bad news for the other teams”) and Betting.Betfair contributors have shared their views.
Betfair ambassador Dimitar Berbatov, who played against Rangnick’s teams in the Bundesliga, struck a cautious note, pointing out that the 63-year-old has never managed a club as big as United.
German football expert Kevin Hatchard was unequivocal in his preview of United’s trip to Chelsea this weekend, writing:
“If they’ll let him, the German could revolutionise a club that has suffered from a serious case of inertia.”
If confirmed in the job, Rangnick will take charge of the team from next week, initially on a six month contract.
Rangnick heavy odds-on for United after agreeing interim role
Ralf Rangnick is heavy odds-on in the next Manchester United manager betting after reportedly agreeing a six month deal that would see him in charge of the Red Devils for the remainder of the season.
The deal is subject to the approval of Lokomotiv Moscow where Rangnick is currently working as Head of Sports and Development.
The Athletic report that Ralf Rangnick has reached an agreement to be Man Utd’s interim manager on a six-month deal. He’s 1.11 on the Exchange having been matched at 130.
Work permit issues prevent him from taking charge on Sunday.
? Betfair (@Betfair) November 25, 2021
Work permit issues mean Rangnick will not be in the dugout for United’s trip to Chelsea on Sunday so Michael Carrick is likely to be in charge again.
Rangnick was most recently manager of RB Leipzig which he left in 2019.
The plan is for Rangnick to manage the team for the rest of the 2021/22 campaign while United try to find a long-term successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who was sacked last weekend following a fourth Premier League defeat in five matches.
United are 2.26/5 to finish in the Premier League top four this season.
United will have to wait for Poch
Does Mauricio Pochettino have the cojones to ask Paris Saint-Germain to terminate his contract as manager? That’s probably what he’ll need to do if he wants to join Manchester United sooner rather than later.
United have reportedly had an initial approach rebuffed by the French club but they will try again. Pochettino has drifted to 3/1 to be next United manager while Ernesto Valverde, who has been sounded out about taking the role until the end of the season, is 7/2.
Pochettino is 5.69/2 to be United manager by Christmas and 1.162/13 not to be – so bettors think the Red Devils will have to wait to get their man.
Ralf Rangnick’s name has also been bandied about again in the past 24 hours, with reports suggesting the German is also in the frame for the job as interim manager. He is 11/2.
Ex-Dormtund manager Lucien Favre 13/2, who is currently out of work, is also mentioned.
Will Reds get Poch before Christmas? Bet on it
Manchester United fans are down in the dumps but, if they can bring in Mauricio Pochettino before Christmas, they will be smiling.
The club appear to have identified the Argentine as their first choice to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a permanent basis – he is the 6/4 favourite – but can United get Poch by Christmas? Betfair have opened a market on it.
The early odds indicated that bettors think the Red Devils have a job on their hands to prise Pochettino out of PSG in the immediate future. But it looks like he is keen on the United role, his family are still based in England and, in Zinedine Zidane, the French club may have a replacement lined up.
Mauricio Pochettino is the favourite for the job, will Man Utd get their man by Christmas Day?
You can back or lay on our @BetfairExchange market!
Yes – 3.05
No – 1.43
? Betfair Exchange (@BetfairExchange) November 24, 2021
Odds slashed on Valverde for United job amid reports
Ernest Valverde has been backed in the next Man Utd manager market amid reports the club have approached him about taking the job on an interim basis for the rest of the season.
But Mauricio Pochettino 6/4 is still the favourite and Valverde is 9/2.
Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Man Utd have made contact with Ernesto Valverde over the interim role.
He’s into 9/2 for the #MUFC job having been 100/1.
As per our rules, any manager taking charge of 10+ games is settled as the winner. pic.twitter.com/RLL057cdPV
? Betfair (@Betfair) November 23, 2021
Yesterday, Pochettino failed to say he would fulfil his contract at Paris Saint-Germain, which runs until 2023, when he held a press conference ahead of the French club’s clash with Manchester City in the Champions League tonight.
However, it could be difficult for United to appoint him before the end of the season, so they are still working on plans to find an interim manager.
Valverde, who has been out of work since leaving Barcelona in 2020 after a two-and-a-half year reign which saw the team win La Liga twice and a Copa del Rey, could fit the bill.
He has experience of managing one of the world’s biggest club and handling decorated players with large egos.
Poch heavily backed to take Old Trafford hotseat
With reports suggesting Mauricio Pochettino is prepared to leave Paris for Old Trafford immediately, the former Spurs manager his now odds-on in our Next Manchester United manager market on the Exchange.
Reports suggest he’d be open to taking the job immediately. pic.twitter.com/XX2pjNVwLY
? Betfair (@Betfair) November 23, 2021
PSG are understood to be demanding £10m compensation for the Argentinian so it won’t be a straightforward deal but bettors are increasingly confident United can get it across the line.
Pochettino favoured ahead of Rodgers, Zidane, Ten Hag
Mauricio Pochettino is the favourite to become Manchester United’s next permanent manager, amid reports that he would be open to leaving PSG if the Premier League club make an approach.
The former-Tottenham manager joined PSG, where he was previously a player, less than a year ago but is said to have problems with the structure of the club where he works under ex-Brazil player Leonardo.
Pochettino is 21/10 ahead of Brendan Rodgers 7/2, Michael Carrick 4/1, Erik ten Hag 7/1 and Zinedine Zidane 17/2.
Carrick is in temporary charge as United travel to Villarreal for an important Champions League match on Tuesday.
The odds quoted above are for the market on the next permanent United manager. The club said on Sunday they would look to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season.
The German coach Ralf Rangnick, who is currently in charge of development at Lokomotiv Moscow, has been talked about as a possible candidate for the role. The Manchester Evening News is reporting that Rangnick has told United he would be interested in the interim role.
In the betting on the next permanent United manager, Rangnick is 12/1.
United want Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino is Manchester United’s number one choice to become the club’s next manager, but not until the summer report Sky Sports News.
If the former Spurs boss is appointed at Old Trafford after this season has concluded it means that it’s almost impossible for him to be a winner in the Next Permanent Man Utd Manager market as it will mean that someone – unless United sack a few interim managers – will manage the club this campaign for at least 10 games.
However, that hasn’t stopped punters backing the current PSG boss in the hope that the United hierarchy can convince him to join earlier, and the 49-year-old is now 17/2 in the market.
Mauricio Pochettino is Manchester United’s number one choice to take over as manager next summer according to Sky Sports News.
The current PSG boss is 17/2 from 18/1 to take up the permanent hot seat at Old Trafford. pic.twitter.com/rk2lzyVTZ3
? Betfair (@Betfair) November 21, 2021
A host of big names are already being linked with the United job, though early favourites Zinedine Zidane and Brendan Rodgers have drifted out to 3/1 and 5/1 respectively with the Sportsbook seeing money for Ralf Rangnick (introduced at 15/2) and Luis Enrique (12/1 from 25/1).
Carrick backed because of 10-game rule
As mentioned in the previous update, any manager who takes charge of Manchester United for at least 10 games, whether classed as an interim/caretaker manager or not, will be settled as the winner in the Next Permanent Man Utd Manager market.
This rule puts Michael Carrick in the driving seat for now as he is likely to be in charge for at least the next few games, and as a result he has been backed into 7/2 in the above named market.
Zinedine Zidane is a quick drifter, out to 21/10 from an earlier 10/11, while Brendan Rodgers is next in at 13/5.
This promises to be a fast moving market so stay tuned for regular updates throughout the coming days.
Next Permanent Man Utd Manager Odds:
– 21/10 Zinedine Zidane
– 13/5 Brendan Rodgers
– 7/2 Michael Carrick
– 6/1 Darren Fletcher
– 10/1 Eric ten Hag
– 18/1 BAR
Manchester United have sacked manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Zinedine Zidane is the 10/11 favourite to take over at Old Trafford, just ahead of Brendan Rodgers at 15/8.
OFFICIAL: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been sacked by Man Utd.
Who will the new man be? Zinedine Zidane is the 10/11 favourite to replace him. pic.twitter.com/scceyGKZ9k
? Betfair (@Betfair) November 21, 2021
Solskjaer leaves the club following Saturday’s humiliating 4-1 defeat to newly-promoted Watford, a result that leaves United outside of the top six in the Premier League and fully 12 points behind current leaders Chelsea.
Michael Carrick will take temporary charge of team affairs until an interim or permanent manager is appointed.
Remember, any manager taking charge of the club for 10 or more games will be settled as the winner in the Next Permanent Manchester United Manager market.
Over £175k was traded on the Yes/No Solskjaer to leave before 26 December market on the Betfair Exchange.
Just over 175k was matched on our ‘Ole to go by December 26th’ market on the @BetfairExchange.
166k of that was traded on Yes, at a high of 2.8.
No was matched at a low of 1.51. pic.twitter.com/T3SAoNF1df
? Betfair (@Betfair) November 21, 2021
Is Solskjaer’s time coming to an end?
It seems we’ve been here before, many times, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now just 1/9 to be the Next PL Manager to Leave Their Club after Manchester United were humiliated 4-1 at newly-promoted Watford on Saturday afternoon.
Full story here.
Zidane interested in United job as Solskjaer prepares for Watford
Zinedine Zidane is 5/2 to become the next Manchester United manager amid reports the Frenchman is coming around to the idea of taking over at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains under pressure at United and, defeat for the Red Devils at Watford on Saturday, could force the board to sack him. United are 1.548/15 in the early betting on the Vicarage Road clash but fans of Solskjaer’s inconsistent side will take nothing for granted.
He is 2.166/5 on the Exchange to be gone by Boxing Day. The board would like to give him time to turn things around but, if results continue to go against United and it looks like they will fail to finish in the top four, a decision will probably need to be made. For that reason, the Norwegian is 4/9 in the next manager to leave betting.
Brendan Rodgers 4/6 is still the favourite to be next United manager but, unlike the Leicester boss, PSG’s Mauricio Pochettino 11/2 and Ajax’s Erik ten Hag 9/1, Zidane is out of work since leaving Madrid last summer.
In his two stints at the Bernabeu he won two La Liga titles, three Champions Leagues and two Club World Cup crowns.
It has been reported that he would like to return to management in France but, with former charges Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane at United, as well as countrymen Paul Pogba, Zidane could be attracted to Old Trafford.
Early odds on Villa, Newcastle and Norwich this weekend
Now that the international break is almost over, and many players have returned to their clubs, thoughts turn to the Premier League and, in particular, three teams starting life under new management this weekend.
Fortunately, for Steve Gerrard, Eddie Howe and Dean Smith all three are at home, which should help. All three kick-off at 3pm on Saturday.
Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa host Brighton and, while the seventh-placed Seagulls have been one of the success stories of the season, the Villains are 2.6213/8 favourites.
It’s an intriguing match-up, with two of the most promising young English managers meeting for the first time. Villa have lost their last five, mind you, and Brighton may be value at 3.02/1 with the draw 3.412/5.
Eddie Howe has had the longest of the new trio to acclimatise to his surroundings. He may be under the most pressure, however, with a packed St James’ Park and the club’s new owners looking on and the team in a relegation fight.
The Magpies are 2.767/4 to beat Brentford 2.789/5 and the draw is 3.55/2.
Dean Smith only got the Norwich job on Monday, the team sit bottom of the table and are 1.824/5 to end the season there.
Last time out, the Canaries picked up their first win, away at Brentford, and they are 3.7511/4 to make it two in a row against Southampton 2.166/5. The draw is 3.65.
It’s been a whirlwind few days for Smith who began the international break being sacked by Villa only to be appointed at Carrow Road a week later.
Bettors think Smith faces huge task to save Canaries
Norwich City are 1.834/5 to finish bottom of the Premier League this season after they confirmed Dean Smith as their new manager.
The 50-year-old said he was pleased to be back in Premier League management only a week after he was sacked by Aston Villa following five consecutive defeats.
The Canaries sit 20th in the Premier League, five points from safety, with just one win in their 11 matches. They are 1.21/5 for relegation but, in Smith, they have appointed a man who kept Villa up for two seasons after getting them promoted from the Championship.
With more than two-thirds of the season remaining he has time to save Norwich, although they need to build on the momentum from their win at Brentford last time out.
Smith will hope to start with a win when they host Southampton on Saturday.
In Scotland, meanwhile, Giovanni van Bronckhorst is way out in front as the 1/9 favourite to become the next Rangers manager.
The Dutchman, who played for Rangers from 1998 to 2001, managed in China most recently, although he steered Feyenoord to the Eredivisie title.
Frank Lampard is his nearest rival in the market 13/2 as the Scottish champions try to find a replacement for Steven Gerrard who was appointed as Villa manager last week after three-and-a-half years at Ibrox.
Norwich set to appoint former Villa boss
It’s certainly been a week of manager merry-go-rounds with Premier League clubs sacking managers and hiring new ones, and the latest club set to fill a manager vacancy is Norwich, who are very close to naming Dean Smith – who was sacked from Aston Villa six days ago – as their new boss.
Smith was available to back at just 1/33 in the Next Permanent Norwich Manager market earlier today but the Sportsbook have now suspended the betting with an announcement from Carrow Road expected very soon.
Dean Smith has reportedly been offered the chance to make a quick return to management by Norwich City.
The former Aston Villa manager was 12/1 to join the Canaries two days ago. He’s now just 1/33. pic.twitter.com/RyZmWpbvcC
? Betfair (@Betfair) November 13, 2021
The Canaries sit bottom of the Premier League table despite winning their first game of the season with a 2-1 victory at Brentford last Saturday. Manager Daniel Farke was sacked just hours after the game.
Norwich are trading at 1.211/5 in the Relegation market on the Exchange, while they can be backed at 1.845/6 to finish Rock Bottom.
Will Ole go by Boxing Day?
He’s been favourite to be next Premier League manager out multiple times already this season only to see others fall by the wayside and now you can bet solely on him in our latest market.
Asking a simple yes/no question we put it to our customers ‘Will Ole be gone by December 26?’
The betting is tight with Yes 2.0421/20 and No 1.9210/11
There’s no doubt he’s led a charmed life so far this season, surviving in the Old Trafford hotseat despite seeing United beaten by Manchester City, Liverpool, Leicester and Aston Villa in the top-flight in the last two months.
Ole will have to negotiate nine fixtures by Boxing Day, that run includes a very tricky three game run starting with Chelsea away at the end of November. Arsenal are next, visiting Old Trafford on December 2, before Crystal Palace pay a visit.
There is also Champions League qualification still to be completed and November 23’s game at Villareal is another pressurised encounter.
It’s a fascinating market – which way do you sway?
Gerrard leaves Rangers to become new Villa manager
Steve Gerrard has left Rangers after three-and-a-half years to become the new manager of Aston Villa.
The club decided he was the outstanding candidate to succeed Dean Smith who was sacked after five consecutive defeats with Villa just two points above the relegation zone. They are 6.611/2 to go down.
Gerrard’s first match in charge will be at home to Brighton on Saturday 20 November.
His departure leaves a vacancy at Rangers where he will be a hard act to follow, having guided the club to their first Scottish Premiership title for 10 years and a good run in the Europa League.
Gers legend Giovanni van Bronckhorst is the 6/5 favourite to get the job in a market where Swansea manager Russell Martin 3/1 and Derek McInnes 7/2 are also prominent.
Frank Lampard and John Terry are both 12/1.
Gerrard massive odds-on to swap Ibrox for Villa Park
Steve Gerrard has shortened to 1/9 on the Sportsbook amid growing speculation that he will become Aston Villa’s new manager.
The market makes the Rangers boss, who steered the Gers to their first Scottish Premiership title for a decade last season, the overwhelming favourite ahead of John Terry and Frank Lampard, available to back at 9/1 and 10/1 respectively, though the ex Liverpool man can still be backed at 1.384/11 on the Exchange.
Liverpool legend Gerrard is well known to Villa chief executive and ex-Reds managing director Christian Purslow and Villa’s hierarchy are impressed by Gerrard’s work in revitalising Rangers in his first managerial job.
Villa are 16th in the Premier League, have lost their last five and are only two points above the relegation zone. They are 6.611/2 to go down.
The club hope to have appointed Dean Smith’s successor in time for their next match at home to Brighton on Saturday 20 November.
Check out our Eddie Howe and Newcastle specials
Newcastle are 10/11 on Betfair to be relegated after Eddie Howe was appointed as the club’s new manager.
The Magpies currently sit second bottom of the Premier League, with no win in their 11 games so far this season, and the new boss faces an enormous fight to save them. His first match in charge will be at home to Bournemouth on 20 November.
He has the international break to prepare and, in the meantime, Betfair have launched a range of Eddie Howe at Newcastle special markets.
Howe is 4/7 to be in charge at the start of next season which indicates that, even if they are relegated to the Championship, he’ll keep his job. That makes sense as Howe took Bournemouth from League Two all the way to the Premier League where they remained for five seasons until they were relegated under him in 2020.
He is 7/2 to win a major trophy with Newcastle before the end of 2025.
If you disagree that Howe’s in it for the long haul, you can get 11/4 on the Magpies going down and Howe leaving the club.
Solskjaer odds-on to go with Rodgers favourite for United job
Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the 4/9 favourite to be the next manager to leave his job. The Norwegian has gone back to his native country for a few days at the start of the international, while the debate rages on about whether he should be sacked by Manchester United. A growing number of fans on social media have called for him to resign.
Brendan Rodgers 13/2 follows Solskjaer in the betting. You probably don’t need me to tell you that’s because the Leicester boss is the favourite to get the United job next at 5/6.
Lampard and Gerrard backed for Norwich and Villa
The Lampard and Gerrard debate is back, except this time it’s about whether they should get managerial roles in the Premier League.
Lampard, who was sacked by Chelsea in January, is 4/5 to be the next Norwich manager after holding talks with the club.
Prior to failing to get the best out of an expensively assembled Chelsea squad, which won the Champions League five months later under Thomas Tuchel, Lampard was in charge of Derby as they failed to win promotion to the Premier League. He could prove a controversial appointment.
Gerrard, on the other hand, hasn’t managed in the Premier League but has won the Scottish Premiership with Rangers during his impressive spell in Glasgow. Now he’s 6/5 to become next Aston Villa manager.
Find out why our tactical expert Alex Keble thinks the former-midfielder is the right man for the job.
John Terry is next in the betting at 4/1.
Gerrard is 6/4 to be the next Liverpool manager and, with Jurgen Klopp likely to be around for while yet, Villa Park could be a stepping stone to Anfield for ex-Reds legend.
Brendan Rodgers to Man Utd?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is 4/9 to be the next Premier League manager to leave his job. No surprise there but it is interesting to see Brendan Rodgers in to 13/2 second favourite. Join the dots and you see that’s due to rumours that Rodgers could be the man to replace the Norwegian in the Old Trafford hot seat. He’s been backed into 5/6 to take the role.
According to reports, Rodgers has agreed to take over from Solskjaer, although some say that will be during the current international while others say it will be next summer.
United would have to pay a heavy price to prise him from Leicester.
If you don’t believe any of that, and wish to take Solskjaer and Rodgers out of the equation, then Claudio Ranieri is 15/2 to go next following Watford’s defeat to Arsenal.
Gerrard odds-on for Villa job while Lampard leads Norwich betting
Rodgers former-charge Steve Gerrard, meanwhile, is odds-on to Aston Villa’s next manager. The Liverpudlian has impressed during his time at Rangers, winning the SPL title last season, and is 10/11 to succeed Dean Smith who was sacked yesterday.
John Terry, who worked as Smith’s assistant for two seasons, is 4/1 while Paulo Fonseca 5/1 is once again prominent in a Premier League manager market, having previously been backed for Spurs and Newcastle vacancies.
Kasper Hjulmand is an interesting one at 6/1. The Denmark boss, who impressed at Euro 2020, reportedly has admirers at Villa Park.
Frank Lampard, meanwhile, is 11/8 to become Norwich’s next manager following the sacking of Daniel Farke on Saturday.
The ex-Chelsea boss has been out of work for almost a year since leaving Stamford Bridge and is keen to resume his managerial career.
Solskjaer odds-on to lose his job next
You can be forgiven for thinking football has gone back in time to around 15 years ago given that the names on most people’s lips today are Frank Lampard, John Terry and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Back then though that trio of star names would often hit the headlines for what they did on the pitch, today they are being talked about because of what they are doing – or potentially might do – at the side of it.
As mentioned below Lampard is the 8/11 favourite in the Next Permanent Norwich Manager market following Daniel Farke‘s sacking on Saturday and Terry is the Evens favourite in the Next Permanent Aston Villa Manager market after Dean Smith received his marching orders on Sunday afternoon.
So while those two former England and Premier League stars are fancied to return to the game, it could be quite the opposite for Solskjaer at United as he is the strong 4/9 favourite in the Next PL Manager to Leave Their Club market amid reports that Brendan Rodgers has verbally agreed to join the Old Trafford outfit.
It is being reported that Brendan Rodgers has verbally agreed to become Manchester United’s new manager.
He is said to want to wait until the end of the season but United are pushing for an appointment now.
Rodgers is the 2/1 favourite to take over at Old Trafford. pic.twitter.com/VLNoMzGany
? Betfair (@Betfair) November 7, 2021
After five Premier League sackings this season this is the sixth sack race market on the Betfair Sportsbook and it seems that Solskjaer has been favourite or highly fancied in all of the previous five. Will he survive the international break and be in charge of United’s trip to Watford on 20 November?
Sixth PL Manager to Leave Odds:
– 4/9 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
– 13/2 Brendan Rodgers
– 15/2 Claudio Ranieri
– 10/1 Rafa Benitez
– 16/1 BAR
Terry’s all set for golden opportunity
John Terry has been installed as the Evens favourite in the Next Permanent Aston Villa Manager market following the sacking of Dean Smith a little earlier (see 13:35 update)
Will John Terry be waiting much longer?
The former Chelsea & Aston Villa defender is the EVS favourite to replace Dean Smith as the new manager at Villa Park.
No side has lost more Premier League games in 2021 than Aston Villa, and they currently sit 15th in the table. pic.twitter.com/GNkmX27HQv
? Betfair (@Betfair) November 7, 2021
Former England captain Terry has been out of work since leaving Villa himself during the summer where he was Smith’s assistant manager for three years, so the big advantage to the Villa board appointing him is that Terry will already be very familiar with the staff and players at Villa Park.
Should Villa turn to someone else then Paulo Fonseca – linked with Newcastle and Tottenham in recent months – is the 7/2 second favourite while Frank Lampard, who is the 8/11 favourite in the Next Permanent Norwich Manager market, is available to back at 5/1.
Aston Villa have sacked manager Dean Smith.
In a club statement Aston Villa confirmed that the club has parted company with Smith.
CEO Christian Purslow said: “When Dean joined us in October 2018 our team was really struggling in The Championship. He immediately transformed the atmosphere and performances and achieved the ultimate success of leading Villa back to the Premier League within the same season – a rare feat.
“He then secured our place in the Premier League after a tough campaign and took us to a Cup Final at Wembley.
“However, after a good start to last season, this year we have not seen the continuous improvement in results, performances and league position which we have all been looking for. For this reason we have decided to make a change now to allow time for a new head coach to make an impact.”
Smith leaves Villa after five straight league defeats and the club sitting 15th in the table, just two points above the drop zone. Villa can be backed at 6.611/2 in the Relegation market on the Exchange
Lampard odds-on to replace Farke
We expected a lot of twists and turns in the sack race betting on Saturday, but what we didn’t expect was Daniel Farke being sacked after guiding Norwich to their first Premier League win of the season.
But by all accounts the decision to relieve Farke of his duties was made earlier in the week but it was agreed that he would still take charge of the team for the Brentford game, which the Canaries won 2-1 away from home.
The Betfair Sportsbook have opened a Next Permanent Norwich Manager market and it’s former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard who is the odds-on favourite at 10/11 ahead of perhaps a few unfamiliar names in Swansea boss Russell Martin, 7/1, and Bodø/Glimt manager Kjetil Knutsen at 15/2.
Frank Lampard is odds on to be the replacement for the sacked Daniel Farke at Norwich City.
Steve Bruce is the big overnight mover, in from 33/1 to 10/1.
? Betfair (@Betfair) November 7, 2021
An interesting contender could be former Norwich striker Mark Robins at 9/1 who is currently receiving plaudits for the excellent job he is doing at Championship outfit Coventry City.
But it’s another former Norwich player, Steve Bruce, who is the early market mover.
The much-travelled manager spent three years at Carrow Road as a player before enjoying huge success with Manchester United, and although he hinted at retirement following his sacking at Newcastle recently the punters haven’t been put off, backing the 60-year-old into 10/1 overnight from an opening 33/1.
Smith and Solskjaer dominate new sack race market
With Farke gone we move onto a Fifth Premier League Manager to Leave Their Club market and it’s no surprise to see Dean Smith and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dominating the betting at Evens and 11/10 respectively.
Smith’s Aston Villa lost their fifth consecutive league game on Friday night when losing 1-0 to Southampton, while Solskjaer’s United team produced another poor performance in losing the Manchester derby yesterday.
With the next international break looming – traditionally a time when managers get sacked because of the time it allows for clubs to find a replacement – it wouldn’t be a surprise to see either or both managers lose their jobs.
It promises to be another fascinating week on Betfair’s manager markets.
Solskjaer into 6/4 to be sacked next
We said this would be a fast moving market today.
And following Manchester United’s 0-2 home defeat to Manchester City Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now the 6/4 second favourite behind Dean Smith (Evens) in the Fourth PL Manager to Leave Their Club market, cut from 9/2 earlier this morning (see 10:30 update).
A stroll in the park for Man City at Old Trafford.
#MUFC have now lost 8 home games in 2021, the most in a calendar year since 1989.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is into just 6/4 to be the next Premier League manager to leave. pic.twitter.com/14CTPFMSCV
? Betfair (@Betfair) November 6, 2021
Perhaps one saving grace for Solskjaer is that unlike against Liverpool a few weeks back, United weren’t embarrassed by a heavy defeat with Pep Guardiola’s men clearly taking their foot off the gas in the second half.
With the international break up next, the Manchester United hierarchy have two weeks to think seriously about Solskjaer’s position.
Should they make a change then Brendan Rodgers is the 2/1 favourite in the Next Permanent Manchester United Manager market, ahead of Mauricio Pochettino at 10/3 and Zinedine Zidane at 7/2.
Smith now odds-on to be next manager to leave following Saints defeat
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is the 8/15 favourite in the Fourth PL Manager to Leave Their Club market following his team’s fifth straight league defeat on Friday night, losing 1-0 at Southampton.
Villa couldn’t have wished for a worse start, going behind in just the third minute when Adam Armstrong smashed home a superb shot from just outside the box. And it was Villa’s first half performance that will have worried their fans more than anything – some ill discipline and poor play could easily have resulted in Villa going into the interval with just 10 men and two or three goals down.
But to their credit Villa fought well in the second half and although they couldn’t find an equaliser there was enough there to suggest they have enough quality to turn this poor form around.
But will Smith be the man to oversee it?
Immediately after the game he was cut to 5/6 to be the next manager to get the boot, but after some overnight bets the Villa boss was cut once again and can currently be backed at 8/15 on the Sportsbook.
Dean Smith is the odds-on favourite at 5/6 with us to be the next Premier League manager to leave their post.
? Betfair (@Betfair) November 5, 2021
That may all change later though, as current 9/2 second favourite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in action in the early kick-off at 12:30 – a home defeat against neighbours Manchester City will surely see him come under pressure once again – while 11/2 third favourite Daniel Farke could feel the heat even more if his Norwich side lose away at fellow newly-promoted Brentford.
We’ll have all the latest news and odds as it happens.
Howe odds-on to be next Newcastle manager
Eddie Howe has been backed into odds-on favourite to become the next Newcastle manager after Unai Emery ruled himself out of contention for the job.
The former-Bournemouth manager is 8/13. Paulo Fonseca is next in the betting at 4/1. He has already held talks with the north east club but there has been no contact between the two parties this week.
After that in the market, it’s Roberto Martinez 10/1, Rafael Benitez 12/1 and Lucien Favre 14/1, although of whom are currently employed.
Andriy Shevchenko is an interesting one with the Ukraine boss shortening to 25/1 from 80/1 overnight.
Newcastle, without a win in their 10 Premier League games and 2.285/4 for relegation, had hoped to appoint a manager before Saturday’s trip to Brighton. With the club mulling whether to offer Howe the position, it looks likely that interim boss Graeme Jones will still be in charge for the match.
After that, the international break should give the board time to make an appointment who can bed in before the Magpies next fixture on at home to Brentford on 20 November.
Defeat to Saints could seal Smith’s fate
Dean Smith, meanwhile, is the 7/4 favourite in the next manager to leave betting.
His Aston Villa side have lost four in a row and speculation is mounting that, if the Villains were to lose their Friday night match at Southampton, it could be curtains for Smith.
The home win is 2.1411/10 with Villa 3.711/4 and the draw 3.65 on the Exchange.
Read Mark O’Haire’s preview of the match to get his best bet.
Howe favourite for Newcastle as Emery rejects St James’ job
Eddie Howe is the favourite to become the next Newcastle manager after the club’s first choice Unai Emery decided to reject the job and stay with Villarreal.
The ex-Bournemouth boss is 6/4 to get the job at St James’ Park.
Eddie Howe is the new favourite for the #NUFC job following reports talks with Unai Emery have broken down.
Howe is now 6/4 with Emery 10/3, will Newcastle have a manager by the weekend!? pic.twitter.com/qJtC88F2eS
? Betfair (@Betfair) November 3, 2021
According to reports, the club had wanted to have Emery in place as early as this weekend. However, his representatives held talks with Newcastle but came away uncertain about the club’s strategy. Villarreal’s owners and players reportedly urged Emery to stay with them.
That could pave the way for Howe’s appointment. He has been out of work since leaving Bournemouth in 2020.
Newcastle’s interim boss Graeme Jones could now remain in charge for this weekend’s trip to Brighton.
Tottenham confirm Conte appointment – get the latest Spurs odds
Tottenham are 2/1 to win a trophy this season after they confirmed the appointment of Antonio Conte as their new manager.
The Italian has signed a deal until summer 2023 with the option to extend and, thanks to his excellent track record in the Premier League and Serie A, his arrival should boost Spurs’ chances of success.
Betfair have launched a range of Conte Spurs specials markets, with the Lilywhites even odds to finish above Arsenal in 2021/22 and Harry Kane 6/5 to stay at the club beyond this season.
On the Exchange, they are 2.526/4 to finish in the Premier League top six and 7.613/2 to make a surprise bid for the top four. The club are currently eighth and have lost their last three league matches, although they are in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.
Conte replaces Nuno Espírito Santo, who was sacked on Monday, and Conte’s first match in charge will be Thursday’s Europa Conference League home tie with Vitesse Arnhem, before Spurs travel to Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.
After a whirlwind five days in charge, Conte will then have the international break to settle in at Spurs. He is usually averse to taking a job during the season but has made an exception for Spurs. He won the Premier League in his first season at Chelsea in 2017 and Spurs fans will hope he can make an immediate impact in north London.
Conte’s appointment means four current Premier League managers have won the title, as he joins Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Claudio Ranieri in the English top flight.
Spurs set to unveil Conte while Emery goes odds-on for Newcastle
Betting has been suspended on the Sportsbook’s next Tottenham manager market amid reports that Antonio Conte is set to be unveiled by the club.
The former-Chelsea manager will sign a deal to take charge until the summer of 2023. He was Spurs’ top target and yesterday received the backing of Betfair Ambassador Dimitar Berbatov who said he thought the Italian could get the best out of Harry Kane.
It’s also been a lively few hours in the betting on the next Newcastle manager.
Former-Arsenal boss Unai Emery is odds-on on the Exchange to be the new Magpies boss in what would be a surprise return to the Premier League.
Emery endured a miserable spell as manager of Arsenal but has since rebuilt his reputation, winning the Europa Cup with Villarreal last season.
As reported yesterday, there are rumours that the north east club could unveil Emery as their manager as soon as next week’s international break.
Rafael Benitez was an overnight mover in the market, shortening to 6/1 for a return to Newcastle, but the Everton manager has since drifted back out to 25/1 on the Sportsbook and 14.5 on the Exchange.
Nuno out, Conte in and Poch to United?
Tottenham have sacked Nuno Espirito Santo and are reportedly in advanced talks with Antonio Conte about taking up the position.
But the Premier League manager speculation won’t end there.
Several managers look as if they are little more than a bad result away from losing their jobs.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got a vital win at Spurs on Saturday. It sealed Nuno’s fate but gave the Norwegian a little breathing room at United.
He is 6/1 to be the fourth Premier League manager to lose their job this season, although Dean Smith is the new favourite at 6/4 after Aston Villa’s 4-1 defeat to West Ham yesterday.
With a Champions League trip to Atalanta to come on Tuesday, however, followed by a Manchester derby this Sunday, Solskjaer remains in danger.
Defeat in either of those matches could prove fatal for the United manager and the betting on his replacement is very much a live market.
Today, Mauricio Pochettino was backed into 3/1 to be the next United manager.
Zinedine Zidane is the same price but Pochettino, who is the manager of Paris Saint-Germain, looks like a better fit for United and has a longtime admirer in Sir Alex Ferguson.
Reports that 5/1 Emery is set for Newcastle
Unai Emery is 5/1 to become the next Newcastle manager but reports this morning claimed that he will be unveiled as the new St James’ Park boss in the next few weeks.
Unai Emery favorite now to become the new manager of Newcastle United, sources telling @SPORT1. #NUFC board pushing as they want to present the former Arsenal boss in the next international break. @NUFC keen to pay a huge transfer fee to get Emery out of his Villarreal contract.
? Patrick Berger (@berger_pj) November 1, 2021
Roberto Martinez 3/1 is the favourite while Paulo Fonseca 6/1 is also near the top of the market. Newcastle sacked Steve Bruce and are still looking for a replacement who can begin the job of rebuilding the team.
The Magpies lost to Chelsea on Saturday, remain without a win and are 2.265/4 – a shorter price than they were when their new uber-wealthy owners took over – for relegation.
We’ll have more updates as news breaks and the odds change.