Whilst the smart money would be on Mark Hughes being the next manager facing the sack in the Premier League, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Not that we should be surprised of course, because it’s pretty much par for the course around this time of year for the Chelsea manager’s position to be questioned, right? So, none of us will be disappointed to hear that the bookies are running their annual form book on us – after all, why would they look at manager’s like Hughes, steering the richest club in the world out of all competitions and languishing at the bottom of the Premier League, when they can rely on the Chelsea manager who’s still got us sitting second in the table and holding on to places in both the Champions League and FA Cup?
Anyway, such is the momentum gathering pace at the bookies now, that William Hill have had to suspend all bets. I mean, I know we haven’t been in the best of form lately and Abramovich has never been known for his patience where managers are concerned, but isn’t this all a little over the top given that we’re hardly staring a relegation battle in the face?
Apparently not though, because a William Hill spokesman suggests “When you have punters wanting to bet £500 at 10/1 on something which was 50/1 not long ago you have to ask yourself what they may know that you don’t. At that point we decided to suspend the market until we could discover what the motive for the gamble may have been.”
Anyone reckon Sparky was the mysterious punter?