David Moyes' United side have a mountain to climb after being torn apart by Olympiakos.

David Moyes is odds-on favorite to be next manager fired, says bookie

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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.

Stay tuned.

EURO 2016: Who’s headed to France?

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCTOBER 10: Volkan Sen of Turkey in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group A Qualifier match between Czech Republic and Turkey at Letna Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
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The group stage of qualification is complete, as 20 teams have clinched a berth at EURO 2016, which kicks off next summer in France.

The top-two finishers in each group automatically qualified, as did the best third-place side out of all the groups (Turkey). France qualified automatically as the host nation.

[ MORE: EURO 2016 roundup ]

That leaves eight third-place teams to battle for the final four spots through a play-off. The draw for the matchups will take place on October 18, and those matches will be held from November 12-17 as a home-and-home play-off.

Group A

  1. Czech Republic
  2. Iceland
  3. Turkey (automatically qualified as best third-place side)

Group B

  1. Belgium
  2. Wales
  3. Bosnia and Herzegovina (qualified for play-off)

Group C

  1. Spain
  2. Slovakia
  3. Ukraine (qualified for play-off)

Group D

  1. Germany
  2. Poland
  3. Republic of Ireland (qualified for play-off)

Group E

  1. England
  2. Switzerland
  3. Slovenia (qualified for play-off)

Group F

  1. Northern Ireland
  2. Romania
  3. Hungary (qualified for play-off)

Group G

  1. Austria
  2. Russia
  3. Sweden (qualified for play-off)

Group H

  1. Italy
  2. Croatia
  3. Norway (qualified for play-off)

Group I

  1. Portugal
  2. Albania
  3. Denmark (qualified for play-off)

EURO 2016: Dutch disaster as Netherlands fail to qualify

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 13:  Robin van Persie of the Netherlands (19) reacts during the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group A match between the Netherlands and the Czech Republic at Amsterdam Arena on October 13, 2015 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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The group stage of qualifying for the 2016 European Championship has come to a close, and one of the top teams in the world will not be playing in France next summer.

Netherlands 2-3 Czech Republic

The Netherlands finished second at the 2010 World Cup and third at the 2014 World Cup, but have failed to qualify for EURO 2016. Playing in front of a home crowd in a must-win match against the Czech Republic, the Dutch got off to a dreadful start, falling behind 2-0 as manager Danny Blind was forced to make a substitution within the opening 40 minutes. The Czech Republic was sent to ten men before the break, but an own-goal from Robin Van Persie made it 3-0 as the Dutch couldn’t recover. A disastrous result for the Netherlands, as big changes will surely come from the top down.

[ RELATED: David de Gea fighting for starting goalkeeper position with Spain ]

Italy 2-1 Norway

Italy finishes atop Group H without a loss after defeating Norway 2-1 today. Norway took the lead through Norwich City’s Alexander Tettey, but late goals from Alessandro Florenzi and Southampton’s Graziano Pelle gave the Italians all three points.

Malta 0-1 Croatia

With Norway’s loss, Croatia jumped into second place in Group H and secured qualification to EURO 2016 with a 1-0 win away at Malta. Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic scored the game’s only goal, as Croatia advances despite having one point deducted due to inappropriate actions from their fans.

Elsewhere in EURO qualifying

Group A

Turkey 1-0 Iceland
Latvia 0-1 Kazakhstan

Group B

Belgium 3-1 Israel
Wales 2-0 Andorra
Cyprus 2-3 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Group H

Bulgaria 2-0 Azerbaijan