Managerial Merry Go Round

This entry was posted on Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Roll Up Roll Up. 

The season had barely ended when the managerial merry-go-round began to chug around. Hodgson left the Baggies to meet the call of King (not you Ledley) and Country whilst the day after the season-end, the always-popular Alex McLeish was dismissed at Villa. Kenny flew to America to pick up his P45 and Chelsea are still dawdling over RDM in place of AVB.

Claudio ‘Tinkerman’ Ranieri didn’t go to the Baggies as expected (instead opting to live in Monaco over Dudley) whilst Roberto Martinez has been cheekily flirting with anyone and everyone since the season ended (typical Spaniard). Paul Lambert created a vacancy at Norwich last night when his board prevented him from speaking to Randy Lerner and Brendan Rodgers is now preparing to settle in at Anfield, opening up a vacancy at Swansea. With unemployment up across the country, at least there are plenty of jobs left in the world of football – it is the most chaotic close-season of managerial upheaval ever.

The general betting angle on these markets is to lay whoever becomes the immediate favourite. Roberto Martinez touched 1/10 on Betfair for Aston Villa manager and 1/3 for Liverpool manager yet he now looks near certain to remain at Wigan. This means there is usually value in someone further down the pecking order – Rodgers, shortly to be appointed for the Liverpool job was matched as high as 179/1.

The best thing to remember is that there should always be good back to lay opportunities – that was seen earlier this week when rumours circulated on Twitter that Jurgen Klopp was the main target for Liverpool. His price crashed from around 30/1 to 4/1 within two hours. If you can keep an eye on the on the journalists local to the clubs involved, then you should be able to lock in some profit by simply acting on their breaking news.

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