The managerial merry-go-round was in full flow last night as Roberto Mancini became the latest casualty. Rumours have been rife since the FA Cup final defeat to Wigan Athletic at the weekend, and I don’t think it was much of a surprise to many that the Italian was given his marching orders.
The next manager betting market normally gives a good idea who will be next to take the helm at Manchester City, and punters are confident that current Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini is the man for the job. Sky Bet make the Chilean the 2/9 favourite, which is a lot more generous than William Hill who make him the virtually unbackable market leader at 1/10.
Second favourite in the betting is Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho at 7/1 with Sky Bet. The ‘Special One’ is widely regarded to become the next Chelsea manager once Rafa Benitez has seen out his temporary contract, but will he throw a spanner in the works and take over the blue half of Manchester?
While we’re on the subject, Rafa Benitez is considered the third favourite to become next Manchester City boss. Unlikely though it may seem, Rafa can be backed at 16/1 with Sky Bet to land at the Etihad after being released by Chelsea next month.
Current Paris Saint Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti is as short as 16/1 with Sky Bet for the job. However, Ancelotti has just won Ligue 1 with his French side, backed by moneybags owners the Qatar Investment Authority, and is more likely to build the French Champions into a force that can challenge for the Champions League over the next few years.
For those who like a bit of a wacky bet, Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is a 100/1 chance with BetVictor to be named next manager of the club. There’s no doubting the Belgian’s allegiance to the club, but the 27 year old centre back might just lack the experience for the job!
Another that is met with a slight chuckle is David Moyes. The current Everton boss who has already signed a six year deal with Manchester United to replace Sir Alex Ferguson is considered a 200/1 shot with Sky Bet to make a monumental mind change and take over at Manchester City. Hmmmm, likely story.