Football Betting – Under pressure Hodgson getting unwanted support
December 31, 2010 | In: Articles
Talk of anybody getting the sack at this time of year isn’t pleasant. But a couple of chairman in the Championship have already wielded the axe since Christmas and a few Premier League managers will have been anxiously looking up at the boardroom recently. Punters have latched on to this fact in recent days and the market for Next Manager To Leave has suddenly taken on new life with, in an almost garish kind of way, Roy Hodgson‘s plight proving particularly appealing. It’s unlikely the Liverpool manager has boosted his image on Merseyside by suggesting that Reds’ fans would be better served getting behind their team rather than targeting their vitriole at the dugout,and at him in particular, and the former Fulham manager could well be living on borrowed time at Anfield if market forces are a reliable guide. Following their home defeat by strugglers Wolves this week, Hodgson has hardened into a best 15/8 with Paddy Power to be the next top flight manager to lose his job, though is as short as 6/5 in places. But the 63-year-old, who only took over the Liverpool reins last July from Rafael Benitez, isn’t the only manager feeling the heat. Fulham‘s woeful form over the last couple of months has put Mark Hughes under the spotlight and, though the pressure was lifted slightly by the Cottagers win at Stoke, the Welshman is still only a general 13/2 to be the first to get the boot. Aston Villa are another team in the midst of a desperate run and Gerald Houllier looks more and more like he regrets ever walking back into English football. The Frenchman is 5/1 with Paddy Power to be the first shown the door, while a vote of confidence for Carlo Ancelotti has seen the Italian into 11/2 (Paddy Power) to be sacked by Roman Abramovich before any of his contemporaries. Surely in more danger than most, however, is Avram Grant. Those wielding the power at Upton Park aren’t known for their patience and the Hammers’ predicament shows little sign of improving in the near future. Grant is 3/1 with Skybet to be seeking fresh employment in the New Year ahead of the rest.