Premier League Specials
This entry was posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2018
Blackpool Set the Tone
With Blackpool having already parted company with Gary Bowyer, the football league seems intent on showing the big boys how its done. None of this ‘time to bed in’ nonsense – if the manager needs to go, he needs to go now.
All of which leads us nicely to the Premier League sack race, where big egos get big payoffs for big failures. Unsurprisingly given his every action right now seems designed to induce a swing of the axe, Jose Mourinho starts as a hot favourite. He has not only lost the dressing room, but it appears he doesn’t even wish to find it. Chuck in a fraught relationship with the suits above him, and his traditionally tricky third season in English football, and his odds of 7/1 with Paddy Power seem to make him the value. They have been gifted the traditional Mourinho easy start, and whereas last year that allowed him some valuable routs that proved credit for later droughts, this season these matches could all be banana skins. Imagine a grinding 1-0 win at home to Wolves in the middle of September, on the same day that City are putting seven past Cardiff.
This market cries out for a ‘betting without Benitez’ segment, although one suspects threats to walk will only become a reality if a better job is dangled. Other hot favourites for this one include Neil Warnock, but after Vincent Tan’s last Premier League experience ended with a Malky MacKay shaped imbroglio, and an Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shaped hole where a manager was supposed to be, he may be more wary this time of swinging the axe.