Is David Moyes set to become the next Premier League manager to be fired?
According to Sky Bet, all signs point to ‘yes’.
Following Manchester United’s 2-0 loss to Olympiakos on Tuesday, the UK-based bookie has slashed the odds on Moyes being the next in line to see the axe.
Before yesterday’s loss, Moyes was 25/1 to be the next managerial casualty in the Premier League. Those odds fell to 11/1 early this morning and within the last hour, crashed all the way to 5/6.
“It’s the worst we’ve played in Europe, that’s for sure.” Moyes said following yesterday’s loss. “A really poor performance tonight.”
The drab display triggered widespread rumors across the UK that Moyes may have managed his last match in a United neck-tie.
“The money on Moyes took us by surprise this morning as the focus was largely on Pepe Mel up until about 10.30am.,” said Sky Bet’s head of football trading Paul Wiggins. “But no sooner had the West Brom boss been made odds-on, the money on Moyes became relentless, and he went in from 11/1 to 5/6 in just over an hour.”
Whether the odds reflect reality, is in the eye of the beholder. Odds are set forth by a bookie and thereafter adjusted given market demand. In this case, the drop from 11/1 to 5/6 represents the public’s view of the situation and is a movement prompted by everything from rumor to opinion to a desire to cash in on favorable odds. Rarely does fact (inside information, reliable leaks, etc.) play a part.
Last year’s Premier League champions have endured a torrid domestic season and currently sit 6th in the table, 15 points behind leaders Chelsea and 11 points behind 4th placed Liverpool. Meaning failing to qualify for Champions League for the first time in 19 season is a distinct possibility. Under new manager Moyes, United have already lost four times solidifying their worst home league form in over a decade.
Eight Premier League managers have already been dismissed this season: Paulo Di Canio (Sunderland), Ian Holloway (Crystal Palace), Martin Jol (Fulham), Steve Clarke (West Brom), Andre Villas-Boas (Tottenham), Malky Mackay (Cardiff City), Michael Laudrup (Swansea), Rene Meulensteen (Fulham).
Despite the odds slash, the Guardian claims Moyes retains the full support of the club.