Former Villa player John Terry

With the Premier League manager betting hotting up, we thought it was high time to launch a live blog for instant updates.


Solskjaer odds-on to lose his job next

You can be forgiven for thinking football has gone back in time to around 15 years ago given that the names on most people’s lips today are Frank Lampard, John Terry and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Back then though that trio of star names would often hit the headlines for what they did on the pitch, today they are being talked about because of what they are doing – or potentially might do – at the side of it.

As mentioned below Lampard is the 8/11 favourite in the Next Permanent Norwich Manager market following Daniel Farke‘s sacking on Saturday and Terry is the Evens favourite in the Next Permanent Aston Villa Manager market after Dean Smith received his marching orders on Sunday afternoon.

So while those two former England and Premier League stars are fancied to return to the game, it could be quite the opposite for Solskjaer at United as he is the strong 4/9 favourite in the Next PL Manager to Leave Their Club market amid reports that Brendan Rodgers has verbally agreed to join the Old Trafford outfit.

After five Premier League sackings this season this is the sixth sack race market on the Betfair Sportsbook and it seems that Solskjaer has been favourite or highly fancied in all of the previous five. Will he survive the international break and be in charge of United’s trip to Watford on 20 November?

Sixth PL Manager to Leave Odds:

– 4/9 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
– 13/2 Brendan Rodgers
– 15/2 Claudio Ranieri
– 10/1 Rafa Benitez
– 16/1 BAR


Terry’s all set for golden opportunity

John Terry has been installed as the Evens favourite in the Next Permanent Aston Villa Manager market following the sacking of Dean Smith a little earlier (see 13:35 update)

Former England captain Terry has been out of work since leaving Villa himself during the summer where he was Smith’s assistant manager for three years, so the big advantage to the Villa board appointing him is that Terry will already be very familiar with the staff and players at Villa Park.

Should Villa turn to someone else then Paulo Fonseca – linked with Newcastle and Tottenham in recent months – is the 7/2 second favourite while Frank Lampard, who is the 8/11 favourite in the Next Permanent Norwich Manager market, is available to back at 5/1.


BREAKING NEWS

Aston Villa have sacked manager Dean Smith.

In a club statement Aston Villa confirmed that the club has parted company with Smith.

CEO Christian Purslow said: “When Dean joined us in October 2018 our team was really struggling in The Championship. He immediately transformed the atmosphere and performances and achieved the ultimate success of leading Villa back to the Premier League within the same season – a rare feat.

“He then secured our place in the Premier League after a tough campaign and took us to a Cup Final at Wembley.

“However, after a good start to last season, this year we have not seen the continuous improvement in results, performances and league position which we have all been looking for. For this reason we have decided to make a change now to allow time for a new head coach to make an impact.”

Smith leaves Villa after five straight league defeats and the club sitting 15th in the table, just two points above the drop zone. Villa can be backed at 6.611/2 in the Relegation market on the Exchange


Lampard odds-on to replace Farke

We expected a lot of twists and turns in the sack race betting on Saturday, but what we didn’t expect was Daniel Farke being sacked after guiding Norwich to their first Premier League win of the season.

But by all accounts the decision to relieve Farke of his duties was made earlier in the week but it was agreed that he would still take charge of the team for the Brentford game, which the Canaries won 2-1 away from home.

The Betfair Sportsbook have opened a Next Permanent Norwich Manager market and it’s former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard who is the odds-on favourite at 10/11 ahead of perhaps a few unfamiliar names in Swansea boss Russell Martin, 7/1, and Bodø/Glimt manager Kjetil Knutsen at 15/2.

An interesting contender could be former Norwich striker Mark Robins at 9/1 who is currently receiving plaudits for the excellent job he is doing at Championship outfit Coventry City.

But it’s another former Norwich player, Steve Bruce, who is the early market mover.

The much-travelled manager spent three years at Carrow Road as a player before enjoying huge success with Manchester United, and although he hinted at retirement following his sacking at Newcastle recently the punters haven’t been put off, backing the 60-year-old into 10/1 overnight from an opening 33/1.

Smith and Solskjaer dominate new sack race market

With Farke gone we move onto a Fifth Premier League Manager to Leave Their Club market and it’s no surprise to see Dean Smith and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dominating the betting at Evens and 11/10 respectively.

Smith’s Aston Villa lost their fifth consecutive league game on Friday night when losing 1-0 to Southampton, while Solskjaer’s United team produced another poor performance in losing the Manchester derby yesterday.

With the next international break looming – traditionally a time when managers get sacked because of the time it allows for clubs to find a replacement – it wouldn’t be a surprise to see either or both managers lose their jobs.

It promises to be another fascinating week on Betfair’s manager markets.


Solskjaer into 6/4 to be sacked next

We said this would be a fast moving market today.

And following Manchester United’s 0-2 home defeat to Manchester City Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now the 6/4 second favourite behind Dean Smith (Evens) in the Fourth PL Manager to Leave Their Club market, cut from 9/2 earlier this morning (see 10:30 update).

Perhaps one saving grace for Solskjaer is that unlike against Liverpool a few weeks back, United weren’t embarrassed by a heavy defeat with Pep Guardiola’s men clearly taking their foot off the gas in the second half.

With the international break up next, the Manchester United hierarchy have two weeks to think seriously about Solskjaer’s position.

Should they make a change then Brendan Rodgers is the 2/1 favourite in the Next Permanent Manchester United Manager market, ahead of Mauricio Pochettino at 10/3 and Zinedine Zidane at 7/2.


Smith now odds-on to be next manager to leave following Saints defeat

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith is the 8/15 favourite in the Fourth PL Manager to Leave Their Club market following his team’s fifth straight league defeat on Friday night, losing 1-0 at Southampton.

Villa couldn’t have wished for a worse start, going behind in just the third minute when Adam Armstrong smashed home a superb shot from just outside the box. And it was Villa’s first half performance that will have worried their fans more than anything – some ill discipline and poor play could easily have resulted in Villa going into the interval with just 10 men and two or three goals down.

But to their credit Villa fought well in the second half and although they couldn’t find an equaliser there was enough there to suggest they have enough quality to turn this poor form around.

But will Smith be the man to oversee it?

Immediately after the game he was cut to 5/6 to be the next manager to get the boot, but after some overnight bets the Villa boss was cut once again and can currently be backed at 8/15 on the Sportsbook.

That may all change later though, as current 9/2 second favourite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in action in the early kick-off at 12:30 – a home defeat against neighbours Manchester City will surely see him come under pressure once again – while 11/2 third favourite Daniel Farke could feel the heat even more if his Norwich side lose away at fellow newly-promoted Brentford.

We’ll have all the latest news and odds as it happens.


Howe odds-on to be next Newcastle manager

Eddie Howe has been backed into odds-on favourite to become the next Newcastle manager after Unai Emery ruled himself out of contention for the job.

The former-Bournemouth manager is 8/13. Paulo Fonseca is next in the betting at 4/1. He has already held talks with the north east club but there has been no contact between the two parties this week.

After that in the market, it’s Roberto Martinez 10/1, Rafael Benitez 12/1 and Lucien Favre 14/1, although of whom are currently employed.

Andriy Shevchenko is an interesting one with the Ukraine boss shortening to 25/1 from 80/1 overnight.

Newcastle, without a win in their 10 Premier League games and 2.285/4 for relegation, had hoped to appoint a manager before Saturday’s trip to Brighton. With the club mulling whether to offer Howe the position, it looks likely that interim boss Graeme Jones will still be in charge for the match.

After that, the international break should give the board time to make an appointment who can bed in before the Magpies next fixture on at home to Brentford on 20 November.

Defeat to Saints could seal Smith’s fate

Dean Smith, meanwhile, is the 7/4 favourite in the next manager to leave betting.

His Aston Villa side have lost four in a row and speculation is mounting that, if the Villains were to lose their Friday night match at Southampton, it could be curtains for Smith.

The home win is 2.1411/10 with Villa 3.711/4 and the draw 3.65 on the Exchange.

Read Mark O’Haire’s preview of the match to get his best bet.


Howe favourite for Newcastle as Emery rejects St James’ job

Eddie Howe is the favourite to become the next Newcastle manager after the club’s first choice Unai Emery decided to reject the job and stay with Villarreal.

The ex-Bournemouth boss is 6/4 to get the job at St James’ Park.

According to reports, the club had wanted to have Emery in place as early as this weekend. However, his representatives held talks with Newcastle but came away uncertain about the club’s strategy. Villarreal’s owners and players reportedly urged Emery to stay with them.

That could pave the way for Howe’s appointment. He has been out of work since leaving Bournemouth in 2020.

Newcastle’s interim boss Graeme Jones could now remain in charge for this weekend’s trip to Brighton.


Tottenham confirm Conte appointment – get the latest Spurs odds

Tottenham are 2/1 to win a trophy this season after they confirmed the appointment of Antonio Conte as their new manager.

The Italian has signed a deal until summer 2023 with the option to extend and, thanks to his excellent track record in the Premier League and Serie A, his arrival should boost Spurs’ chances of success.

Betfair have launched a range of Conte Spurs specials markets, with the Lilywhites even odds to finish above Arsenal in 2021/22 and Harry Kane 6/5 to stay at the club beyond this season.

On the Exchange, they are 2.526/4 to finish in the Premier League top six and 7.613/2 to make a surprise bid for the top four. The club are currently eighth and have lost their last three league matches, although they are in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.

Conte replaces Nuno Espírito Santo, who was sacked on Monday, and Conte’s first match in charge will be Thursday’s Europa Conference League home tie with Vitesse Arnhem, before Spurs travel to Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.

After a whirlwind five days in charge, Conte will then have the international break to settle in at Spurs. He is usually averse to taking a job during the season but has made an exception for Spurs. He won the Premier League in his first season at Chelsea in 2017 and Spurs fans will hope he can make an immediate impact in north London.

Conte’s appointment means four current Premier League managers have won the title, as he joins Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Claudio Ranieri in the English top flight.


Spurs set to unveil Conte while Emery goes odds-on for Newcastle

Betting has been suspended on the Sportsbook’s next Tottenham manager market amid reports that Antonio Conte is set to be unveiled by the club.

The former-Chelsea manager will sign a deal to take charge until the summer of 2023. He was Spurs’ top target and yesterday received the backing of Betfair Ambassador Dimitar Berbatov who said he thought the Italian could get the best out of Harry Kane.

It’s also been a lively few hours in the betting on the next Newcastle manager.

Former-Arsenal boss Unai Emery is odds-on on the Exchange to be the new Magpies boss in what would be a surprise return to the Premier League.

Emery endured a miserable spell as manager of Arsenal but has since rebuilt his reputation, winning the Europa Cup with Villarreal last season.

As reported yesterday, there are rumours that the north east club could unveil Emery as their manager as soon as next week’s international break.

Rafael Benitez was an overnight mover in the market, shortening to 6/1 for a return to Newcastle, but the Everton manager has since drifted back out to 25/1 on the Sportsbook and 14.5 on the Exchange.


Nuno out, Conte in and Poch to United?

Tottenham have sacked Nuno Espirito Santo and are reportedly in advanced talks with Antonio Conte about taking up the position.

But the Premier League manager speculation won’t end there.

Several managers look as if they are little more than a bad result away from losing their jobs.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got a vital win at Spurs on Saturday. It sealed Nuno’s fate but gave the Norwegian a little breathing room at United.

He is 6/1 to be the fourth Premier League manager to lose their job this season, although Dean Smith is the new favourite at 6/4 after Aston Villa’s 4-1 defeat to West Ham yesterday.

With a Champions League trip to Atalanta to come on Tuesday, however, followed by a Manchester derby this Sunday, Solskjaer remains in danger.

Defeat in either of those matches could prove fatal for the United manager and the betting on his replacement is very much a live market.

Today, Mauricio Pochettino was backed into 3/1 to be the next United manager.

Zinedine Zidane is the same price but Pochettino, who is the manager of Paris Saint-Germain, looks like a better fit for United and has a longtime admirer in Sir Alex Ferguson.

Reports that 5/1 Emery is set for Newcastle

Unai Emery is 5/1 to become the next Newcastle manager but reports this morning claimed that he will be unveiled as the new St James’ Park boss in the next few weeks.

Roberto Martinez 3/1 is the favourite while Paulo Fonseca 6/1 is also near the top of the market. Newcastle sacked Steve Bruce and are still looking for a replacement who can begin the job of rebuilding the team.

The Magpies lost to Chelsea on Saturday, remain without a win and are 2.265/4 – a shorter price than they were when their new uber-wealthy owners took over – for relegation.

We’ll have more updates as news breaks and the odds change.

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