The Bet Enthusiast service rarely gets involved in betting on the manager of a football club but we couldn’t resist recommending Mark Hughes at 33/1 with Bet Victor to be the next manager of Everton. By Thursday evening that firm were not betting on this market so I hope our subscribers were able to avail themselves of the price briefly quoted on the Chandler website.
At the time of writing the big mover in the betting appears to be Neal Lennon, currently managing Celtic. There is little to achieve for a Celtic manager in Scotland, even more so this season when there wasn’t even the historical challenge for the title from Rangers. That side were demoted to the third division in Scotland which means there was little prospect of Celtic not winning the title.
Lennon was still on trading on Betfair at 3.38 to make the move to Merseyside but more typical were the odds-on quotes from Skybet and Coral. Roberto Martinez had been the original favourite in this market, though some of the twitterati were suggesting Phil Neville should be given the opportunity.
The next manager of Everton issue is obviously the subplot to the much greater story of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement as manager of Manchester United. The national press were claiming to be first with the story on Wednesday but as early as Tuesday morning Racing Post readers were presented with a headline that stated ‘Bookies Slash Prices for Moyes United Move.’
The betting angle story was not given great credence as some of the bets had reportedly been placed with Paddy Power and that company are not averse to perhaps exaggerating betting interest on a market to promote their company. However, in this case the bookmaking fraternity were one step ahead of the print and television media in anticipating some significant events at Old Trafford.
Bookmakers have been offering odds on the next Manchester United manager since 2002 when Sir Alex first suggested he might retire. Martin O’Neil and David O’Leary were prominent at the time in the betting but when the job finally became available it developed into a two horse race between David Moyes and Jose Mourinho.
In less than a week Moyes went from 25/1 to 1/20 to be the manager of Manchester United at the start of next season. Perhaps unfairly United have now drifted in the betting for the 2013-14 Premier League, based on the premise that Moyes not will be able to replicate Ferguson’s impact and success rate in his first season in the job.
Hughes himself was mentioned as a potential successor to Ferguson but he did his reputation no good through his manager ship of the debacle that became Queens Park Rangers this season. Hughes had a decent record at Manchester City before the club’s wealthy backers went the continental route with Roberto Mancini.
Mark Hughes seemed to be showing the strain during his later days at Rangers. However a break from the game seems to have done him some good as he seemed relaxed when discussing Ferguson’s departure and the Everton job this week. He spent two years at Goodison Park towards the end of his playing career and seems the type of personality and character that would appeal to the Everton chairman, Bill Kenright.
It appears that several bookmakers removed prices for the next Everton manager from their websites. That may be due to strong rumours that Neil Lennon would be offered the job. However, at the relative odds available Hughes stands out at an attractive price in the type of market that is often volatile.
Back next Friday.