That way to the job centre?
Job Centres in the North West could be inundated with Premier League managers in the next few days, with plenty of cash flowing on Roberto Martinez to be the next manager picking up his P45.
October 31st, 2011
After spoiling one of our tips last week by losing at home to Fulham, bookmakers reported a flood of money on Martinez to be the next manager in the top flight to lose his job.
Stan James last night cut Martinez from 25/1 on Sunday to just 3/2 this morning to be the next manager to leave his post, briefly making him the favourite ahead of under-fire Blackburn boss Steve Kean.
Martinez, who turned down the Aston Villa job earlier this season, has since drifted out to 7/4 with Stan James although Ladbrokes is best-price 6/1 on the Wigan boss.
“We are pretty certain that Martinez will not get sacked by Wigan’s chairman David Whelan” says Stan James spokesman Rory Jiwani. “But he might decide to walk and that is what we fear at the moment. The money yesterday was certainly telling us some sort of story.”
Kean remains the favourite for the chop at a best price of 9/4 with Stan James (although he remains heavily odds-on with Sky Bet) although Steve Bruce is also feeling the heat up in the north east, with the Sunderland manager best price 7/2 second favourite to be shown the door as the Black Cats’ results struggle to justify a summer of investment.
Martinez is next in line, followed by Wolves’ Mick McCarthy and Bolton’s Owen Coyle, who are both available at bests of 7s.
Villa’s unpopular Alex McLeish is a best price 20/1 with Stan James.