Online Bookmakers BlueSq.com Take Bets For West Ham Manager to be Fired
Bookies are already taking bets just two games into the English Premier League season that Alan Curbishley, manager of West Ham United, will be the first manager to get fired. Online bookmakers BlueSq.com have named the West Ham manager as its 2/1 favorite to get the boot.
VictorChandler.com has shortened its odds recently from 7/4 to 6/4 on Curbishley being fired. Fans of the London-based club booed Curbishley on Wednesday after his team needed extra time to beat League strugglers Macclesfield Town in the Carling Cup competition at home. Also not helping his cause was the sale of defender Anton Ferdinand to Sunderland this week and constant rumors that striker Craig Bellamy is off to Manchester City.
The number two spot of managers who will lose their jobs is the new Manchester City manager Mark Hughes, who is 11/2 with VictorChandler.com and 8/1 with 888Sport.com. Hughes was recently hired as manager of Manchester City this summer from Blackburn Rovers but is now among the pick of managers that will quit their jobs as the club is beset by financial problems and uncertainty over the future of owner Thaksin Shinawatra.
The next manager on the list to leave his job is Everton manager David Moyes who would rather quit than be fired as his club is struggling to afford players to strengthen his team that finished fifth place last season. Moyes has odds of 7/1 with Ladbrokes.com while 888Sport has him at 10/1. The biggest surprise in the race to be fired is the Liverpool manager Raphael Benitez, who is 9/1 with 888Sport.com, 10/1 with VictorChandler.com and 11/1 with BlueSq.com.