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Oddsmakers have their say on Andre Villas-Boas’ replacement at Tottenham


The usual suspects have popped up as the oddsmakers have their say on “next up” in the managerial hot seat at White Hart Lane, the man who will replace Andre Villas-Boas for Spurs.

I always say: “Oddsmakers may not know everything … but they sure know a lot.” If anyone ever doubts that bit life knowledge, I point them toward one of those lavish, luxurious, ridiculously opulent towers getting ever bigger and better in Vegas or Macau and finish the argument with a smug and unapologetic, “I rest my case.”

So I found it quite surprising when the oddsmakers listed 90 or so potential candidates … and not one of them was named Bob Bradley!

Are we really that much of a soccer backwater here, that a man who was quite well respected globally – truly, more than he was respected in his own land – and a man who did well enough with Egypt can’t get a mention?

It wouldn’t be so bad except for some of the other names mentioned.

Here is the link, which includes names and odds assigned by several of the legal sites overseas:

Someone from this list will probably have the job in the coming days or weeks. But some are hard to take seriously. To wit, the fascinating names include:

  • Jurgen Klinsmann: Generous at 20-1, considering he just signed a new four-year deal with the United States and seems about as likely now to bolt for a coaching job in North London as Sunil Gulati himself.
  • Ledley King: A Spurs legend, to be sure … but never coached a moment in his life, far as I can tell.
  • Alex Ferguson: Yes, because every a 71-year-old man who accomplished everything a manager could possibly accomplish in club coaching wants to start a “new phase” of his managerial career.
  • Giovanni Trapattoni (pictured): He’s three years older than Ferguson!  (And 38 years older than Villas-Boas.)
  • Paolo Di Canio: because things went so swell at Sunderland.
  • Diego Maradona: Surely they are just having a bit of fun with that one. Aren’t they?
  • Steve Clarke: Wait, what? The guy on “gardening leave” at West Brom?

MLS Snapshot: Seattle Sounders 1-1 Los Angeles Galaxy

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The game in 100 words (or less): The Los Angeles Galaxy became the second team in the Western Conference to clinch a berth in the playoffs following a 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders. A terrible mistake from Seattle defender Zach Scott led to an easy goal for Robbie Keane, and it looked like that would be the winner until deep into stoppage time. In the 93rd minute, Chad Barrett got his knee on a corner kick to save a draw for Seattle, although the point was enough for LA. The Galaxy join FC Dallas as the two Western Conference teams headed to the postseason.

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Three moments that mattered

36′ — Robbie Keane capitalizes on Seattle’s mistake — Zach Scott misplayed a ball across the Sounders’ back line, as Robbie Keane intercepted the pass and finished one of the easiest goals he’s going to score. A true striker’s goal, Keane doesn’t miss ones like this.

64′ — Steven Gerrard denied by the woodwork — Los Angeles nearly made it 2-0 right after the hour mark, but Steven Gerrard was just inches off. Gerrard rose up to meet a corner kick from Juninho, but his header took a deflection and hit the crossbar before being cleared out of the box by Seattle.

90’+3′ — Chad Barrett finds a late, late equalizer — Just when it looked like LA was going to leave Seattle with a win, Chad Barrett stole a point for the Sounders. Marco Pappa whipped in a corner kick to the near post, which was flicked on by Brad Evans. Barrett surged into the box and got a knee on the ball as the match ended in a draw.

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Man of the match: Steven Gerrard

Goalscorers: Keane (36′), Barrett (90’+3′)

MLS Snapshot: Colorado Rapids 1-2 Real Salt Lake

SANDY UT - MARCH 14: Olmes Garcia #13 of Real Salt Lake celebrates his goal during their game against the Philadelphia Union at Rio Tinto Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Sandy, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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The game in 100 words (or less): Real Salt Lake stays alive in the hunt for a playoff berth in the Western Conference with a crucial 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids. After falling behind early, RSL scored twice before halftime and held onto the lead for the rest of the match, moving within three points of the final playoff spot in the West. Real Salt Lake has three matches remaining, including a massive clash against the Portland Timbers, which will pretty much decide their season. For Colorado, it’s another year without playoff soccer.

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Three moments that mattered

16′ — Doyle heads Colorado into the lead — The former Premier League man gave the home side an early lead, thanks to a powerful header from quite a bit out. Sean St. Ledger played in a cross, where Doyle snapped a header into the top corner past Nick Rimando.

33′ — Joao Plata bends in the free kick — Trailing 1-0, Joao Plata drew RSL level with a brilliant free kick. Plata’s shot dipped over the wall and under the crossbar, as Clint Irwin stood helpless in goal for Colorado.

43′ — Mulholland fires home a volley to put RSL ahead — Luke Mulholland scored his first goal of the season, and it was a beauty. A corner kick popped out to the midfielder at the top of the box, as he rifled a shot off the bounce and into the side netting.

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Man of the match: Luke Mulholland

Goalscorers: Doyle (16′), Plata (33′), Mulholland (43′)