It came to no surprise to me tonight to see that Tony Pulis leads the way in the next manager to leave his post betting. He isn’t favourite though, ‘No Manager to leave before the end of the season’ leads the betting and is odds on favourite with Skybet, at 4/7.
Tony Pulis comes in next at 9/4, then it is Harry Redknapp at 16/1, Paolo Di Canio 20/1, Rafa Benitez 20/1 and the rest at 50/1 and beyond.
Skybet are currently the only bookie offering odds on this market, and judging by the odds it looks like they believe it to be a two horse race.
I can only assume that they are looking at the situation with Stoke and thinking that the board might hit the panic button and do what Sunderland did, basically hope that a new manager can give them that short term lift and propel them too the win or two that will surely see them safe.
Working on that theory is there really any difference with Chris Hughton at Norwich? And he is 50/1. Roberto Mancini is also a 50/1 shot. If Manchester City lose heavily tomorrow night (in the Manchester derby) and then crash out of the FA Cup in the semi-finals, what chance he might go when their season is all but over?