As off today Roberto Mancini is still the favourite out of all the managers listed, but he is not the market favourite.
As the January transfer window has come and gone, the bookmakers seem to be off the opinion that owners and chairmen are less trigger happy, as we see ‘No Manager To Leave’ (this season, obviously) take over favouritism in this market.
No Manager To Leave is favourite at a best price of 5/2 with SkyBet and William Hill. That is followed by Roberto Mancini at 11/4 with SkyBet, whereas Hill’s have the Italian as joint favourite with No Manager To Leave, with both priced up at 5/2.
After that it is the usual suspects with Sam Allardyce 8/1 and Rafa Benitez 9/1 (down in 4th place, wow), both prices are at a market best with Stan James.
With regard to Mancini, I think his odds reflect the fact that the bookmakers think he might be sacked in the summer. With the big name they will obviously be looking to bring in to replace him, probably still in a job until then.
Even so, if they crash out of the FA Cup and the gap at the top doesn’t close, then when the season is over from a footballing perspective, Mancini could be very vulnerable.
As has been the case with this market all season, names have come and gone. I do expect it to calm down a bit now, although a panicking chairman down at the bottom could yet pull the trigger in a last ditch attempt to save his side from the drop. So watch this space.
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