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Laudrup backed in 'sack race'

Michael Laudrup has replaced Alan Pardew as the early Premier League 'sack race' favourite with Sky Bet.

Last Updated: 06/06/13 at 20:37 Post Comment

Michal Laudrup: Saw his odds cut from 12/1 to 11/8

Michal Laudrup: Saw his odds cut from 12/1 to 11/8

Michael Laudrup has replaced Alan Pardew as the early Premier League 'sack race' favourite.

The Newcastle boss was rated the most likely manager to leave his post next when Sky Bet opened their book - the first of its kind for 2013/14 - on Thursday morning.

But in just a few hours, money came for Swansea supermo Laudrup and he was cut in from 12/1 to 11/8 by the end of the day.

The Dane has been linked with high-profile jobs such as the vacancy at Real Madrid and the hot seat at Paris Saint Germain.

Pardew endured a disappointing campaign in 2012/13. Having led the club to a fifth-place finish the previous season - one which saw him named LMA Manager of the Year - he found it difficult to back that up as the Magpies finished 16th, winning just two away games.

Fulham's Martin Jol comes next at 8/1. Norwich's Chris Hughton is the only other manager at a single-figure price. He's a 9/1 chance.

New Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is regarded as the safest in his position. Despite his tempestuous character, the Portuguese is a 66/1 shot to go first.

David Moyes, only just appointed by Manchester United to succeed long-term incumbent Sir Alex Ferguson, is also a long shot at 50/1 - the same price as the yet-to-be-named Manchester City boss. That is expected to be Manuel Pellegrini.

Aston Villa's Paul Lambert is also available at 50/1. He was last season's market favourite at one point but eventually led the Midlands-based club to safety.

Those in charge at the newly-promoted clubs - Steve Bruce (Hull), Ian Holloway (Crystal Palace) and Malky Mackay (Cardiff) - are rated fairly safe in their posts. Bruce is 28/1 in the betting with the other two 33/1.

You can also get 33s about no manager leaving.

Sky Bet's Paul Lowery said: "We kept Pardew pretty short largely because most of the money we saw at the end of last season was for him and Tony Pulis and Pulis has obviously gone now.

"However, punters quickly latched on to Laudrup, who has been linked with some big jobs."

He added: "The newly-promoted managers usually get at least a couple of months' goodwill so they are well down the betting."


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