Yo Liverpool, Chelsea, West Brom and Villa – hire someone!
Long wait to learn who will model the 2012/13 range of dugouts
A group of Premier League chairman have clubbed together to help bookmakers hoover up thousands of punters’ pounds until Euro 2012 begins by ensuring that the various next manager markets remain active.
Or something like that. There are murmurs that Liverpool might make a decision within 48 hours and Aston Villa will find someone else to turn them down within the next seven days, but at present no vacancies have been filled.
As eager imparters of questionable betting wisdom, we thought it was our job to suggest a bet for each of the four relentless sagas…
Vital Figures: Brendan Rodgers 1/10, Roberto Martinez 12/1, Louis van Gaal 33/1
The Bet: Martinez at 12/1 (Bet Victor)
The Justification: It looks like being Rodgers, but with Martinez known to have met the owners and yet to pull out, those odds are worth a small investment just in case another twist awaits.
Vital Figures: Roberto Di Matteo 11/8, Pep Guardiola 11/4, Fabio Capello 4/1
The Bet: Capello at 4/1 (Paddy Power)
The Justification: If Roman Abramovich truly trusted Di Matteo, this process wouldn’t be ongoing. Pep Guardiola won’t move this year, so why not hire someone who happy with a short-term role?
Vital Figures: Ralf Rangnick 5/4, Chris Hughton 15/8, Mike Phelan 20/1
The Bet: Rangnick at 5/4 (Paddy Power)
The Justification: Though he landed at the front of the market from of nowhere, it makes sense. He would be a high-profile yet inexpensive appointment; a slight gamble but without appearing a massive risk.
Vital Figures: Paul Lambert evens, Roberto Martinez 5/2, Roberto Di Matteo 14/1
The Bet: Lambert at evens (Paddy Power)
The Justification: Lambert fits the criteria as a fairly young and vibrant candidate, and will probably be more open to the job than his fellow frontrunners, who are flirting with Liverpool and Chelsea.
UPDATE: It appears Liverpool have acted, with Rodgers rumoured to have agreed a three-year contract