Will Man Utd Wield the Axe on Solskjaer?

By Martin Green08 November 2020
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Odds Drift on Solskjaer Being Sacked

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has drifted back out to even money in the Premier League sack race betting after his team beat Everton on Saturday. Pressure mounted on the Norwegian coach after he presided over a dismal 2-0 defeat away at Istanbul Basaksehir in midweek. Bookmakers responded by cutting the odds on Solskjaer becoming the next Premier League manager to leave his post to just 8/13.

However, the former Cardiff and Molde manager has a knack of digging out results at crucial times. Bruno Fernandes banged in a brace to earn the Red Devils a 3-1 win against Everton, and that could give Solskjaer a stay of execution. You can now find even money at Paddy Power and Betfair on him being the next Premier League manager to leave his post.

Man Utd remain marooned in the bottom half of the table, but it might be difficult to justify sacking him after a big win, so he lives to fight another day. West Brom manager Slaven Bilic is the second favourite at 21/10, with his winless team languishing in the relegation zone, while Scott Parker is 5/1 and Chris Wilder is 12/1.

Pochettino Waits in the Wings

Mauricio Pochettino is the red hot favourite to replace Solskjaer at Man Utd, according to the bookmakers. The former Spurs manager has been without a club since he was sacked by Spurs in November 2019. He has been linked with Man Utd, Real Madrid and other European heavyweights since then.

The betting sites make him the 1/4 favourite to be the next permanent Man Utd manager, followed by former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri. The Italian coach left the Bianconeri last year after guiding them to five consecutive Serie A titles.

The odds on Ralph Hassenhutl moving to Old Trafford have dropped to 11/1 after he led Southampton to the top of the Premier League table. Brendan Rodgers is 18/1 after his Leicester side made a flying start to the new season, while Julian Nagelsmann is 18/1.

Pochettino is also the 7/4 favourite to be the next Real Madrid manager, followed by club legend Raul at 7/2 and Allegri at 15/2. Los Blancos have made a sluggish start to the season, but Zinedine Zidane’s job looks safe for now.

Eddie Howe Tipped to Take the Reins at Celtic Park

Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is the favourite to replace Neil Lennon as Celtic manager after the Hoops embarked upon a disastrous run of results. They have picked up just one win in their last six matches, and they are nine points below unbeaten rivals Rangers in the SPL table after losing the Old Firm derby.

Celtic have games in hand on Rangers, but Lennon’s days could be numbered. The bookmakers believe Howe is the main contender to replace him in the hot seat. Howe has been out of work since leaving Bournemouth following their relegation from the Premier League last season.

He remains a highly-rated coach, despite Bournemouth’s struggles last term, and a move to Scotland could reinvigorate his career. Paddy Power has 11/10 on Howe, with former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan priced at 5/1, along with West Ham boss David Moyes.

De Bruyne Remains Favourite for Individual Glory

Reigning PFA Player of the Year Kevin De Bruyne remains the 4/1 favourite with William Hill and Betway to earn the honour again this season. The Belgian playmaker has made a reasonably solid start to the season, and the bookies believe he will continue to light up the division.

However, De Bruyne faces stern competition in the form of England captain Harry Kane, who managed an astonishing return of six goals and eight assists in his opening seven games of the season. Kane is flourishing in a slightly deeper role under Jose Mourinho, and he could be in line for the award if he can remain free of injuries this season.

The odds on Kane have been slashed, but you can still find 7/1 at Bet365. Mohamed Salah is next at 10/1, followed by Raheem Sterling (14/1), Sadio Mané (16/1), Son Heung-Min (16/1) and Jamie Vardy (20/1). Son could be an interesting choice after forming a devastating partnership with Kane and scoring eight goals in seven matches.