Catch This Big Price Before It Gets Away

| October 20, 2010 | Reply

There are storm clouds gathering up north.

Well, to be honest, there are always storm clouds gathering up north but that’s beside the point…

Because these clouds have it in for three people in particular and if the right person gets wet first, it could prove very profitable for the rest of us.

You see, there are three managers right now that aren’t sitting too comfortably and all three men make some appeal in the ‘Next Manager to Leave Post’ market.

First, the obvious – Roy Hodgson.

Poor old Roy is in a bit of a pickle.

His Liverpool team is currently second from bottom of the Premier League and based on performances, that’s exactly where they deserve to be.

The players have looked devoid of confidence and imagination and Hodgson did himself no favours on Sunday by stating that their performance against Everton was:

“As good as I have seen a Liverpool team play under my management.”

Quite frankly, if that was as good as they’ve played this season, then I feel sorry for anybody that has had to sit through the other matches!

However, despite all this, Roy is not our boy…

Liverpool have a history of being patient with managers and having promised stability, the new owners are under pressure to give him a proper crack of the whip.

Next on our radar is Sir Alex.

Alex Ferguson I hear you gasp!

That’s right; Fergie is in a bit of bother having seen his team throw away ANOTHER two goal lead, followed by Wayne Rooney throwing his toys out of the pram.

At 66/1 with Blue Square, it’s a tempter but the Scot has ridden out stormier seas at Old Trafford in the past.

All of which brings us onto our selection – Chris Hughton of Newcastle – who can be backed at 14/1 with Blue Square and Sky Bet.

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A ready made scapegoat

Chris Hughton doesn’t deserve the sack but then, not many Premier League managers do.

The sad fact of the matter is that Hughton is not a big name manager and Newcastle (according to their fans at least) is a big name club.

Hughton only got the job in the first place due to circumstance – namely Newcastle’s relegation and the cost cutting measures that it prompted.

He proceeded to do a great job in getting the Geordies promoted at the first time of asking but now they’re back in the promised land, money isn’t so much of an issue…

And I can’t help but feel that Ashley is just waiting for an excuse to ‘upgrade’.

Newcastle have a history of panicking when the going gets tough and with the team’s bright start fading fast, that panic may be just about to set in.

Newcastle currently sit 14th and had to be rescued by a late goal at home to Wigan on Saturday.

They have also lost home games to Blackpool and Stoke this term and another defeat in their next match at St James (against bitter rivals Sunderland) would heap all sorts of pressure onto the manager.

look to have the price about right with Hughton to leave next at 8/1 and Paddy Power have gone even shorter at 11/2, so the 14/1 currently on offer should be snapped up sharpish.

On the right tracks

Alongside Roy Hodgson, the other favourites in the ‘Next Manager to Leave Post’ market are Avram Grant and Roberto Martinez.

However, unlike our selection Chris Hughton, both men are on the up.

West Ham are improving by the week and are now unbeaten in five.

They may still be bottom but had their last minute goal against Wolves stood on Saturday, they would now be outside the relegation zone.

Should they win their next match (at home to Newcastle), there’s every chance that Grant and Hughton could swap places in the betting…

With Grant currently as short as 3/1, that would put our bet in a very strong position.

Also in danger of the chop, according to the bookies, is Wigan boss Roberto Martinez.

However, Wigan are flying right now.

Chairman Dave Whelan stood by Martinez during their awful start to the campaign and he has been rewarded for his patience, with the Latics losing just one of their last eight in all competitions.

Wigan have a decent run of fixtures ahead of them and should solidify their mid-table placing over the coming weeks.

With Hughton such a big price and some really crucial fixtures on the horizon, now looks to be the perfect time to get involved in this market.

Back Chris Hughton to be the ‘Next Manager to Leave Post’ at 14/1 with Blue Square and Sky Bet.

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