Writing articles and content is normally reserved to the next match or maybe a review of a big annual event like Cheltenham, itís not often thereís a bet available on something for a few months, seemingly without resolution and with no idea when the result will be called. In fact any bet thatís not got a settlement date would probably be flagged as a potential scam, but thatís what we have with the next permanent England manager. It might be called tomorrow, it might be called prior to the Euroís or it might be called after. Who knows, maybe theyíll never appoint another full time England manager and weíll have caretakers from now until the rapture?
As a semi-novelty bet then, itís an interesting prospect as you can get some value on different managers and maybe if you enjoy trading at Betfair between now and August you could get a positive book regardless of the outcome.
For outright punts the current odds are still favouring the mighty Redknapp, there is no value in the 1/2 with PaddyPower and thatís the best youíre going to find. But Redknappís star must have waned slightly over the last few months with his Spurs side faltering and some seemingly (for the armchair observer) dodgy tactical decisions like Bale playing through the middle instead of out wide. So whoís coming up as a realistic challenger? Our first thought was Martin OíNeil, after all he was once considered for the position and, depending on who you listen to, either turned it down or was turned down in favour of Steve Maclaren. Heís having a cracking season with Sunderland, turning round a team that looked devoid of ideas and making them into an entertaining and dangerous outfit. But all that adds up to making him an outside 40/1 with SportingBet. To put that in context thatís the same odds as Wenger taking the job and only marginally more likely than Glenn Hoddleís return of 50/1 with 888Sport.
So if one of the better man managers in the country is 40/1 and the favourite is 1/2 on, whoís making up the middle ground? Well this is something to do with England, and that means the heart seems to rule the head at times, or at least somethingís ruling over the brain as the country must have serious wood for Mourinho if bookies have to cover themselves for the miniscule possibility of him taking the job by offering as low as 12/1 (StanJames). You can even get Pep Guardiola at 9/1 with 188Bet, although we canít in all good conscious recommend that bet...........winning a ridiculous number of domestic, European and World titles doesnít come close to setting you up to be the England manager. A better punt might be the media darling Roy Hodgson. A pair of safe hands who has steered West Brom to safety in consecutive seasons with little money, but not much in the way of flair either. Heís best priced at 5/1 with 188Bet (thatís right they have Roy and Pep that close!).
The only other realistic challenger, and itís never something we thought weíd write, is Stuart Pearce. He has the reigns at the moment, is a fairly good shout to take charge over the summer, and if the team performs above expectations (if thatís possible given normal expectations is winning every match by five goals) then he might just be given the full time job. StanJames again will give you 9/1 on Stuart being offered it and accepting. So it appears to still be Harry all the way in the eyes of the bookies. But put a couple of cheeky punts on the outsiders and you might find your pick odds on should Harry rule himself out over the summer........or only take it on temporarily.
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