After starting the day as a 25/1 shot to be appointed the next England manager, a substantial cash bet on Martin O’Neill taking the post has led Ladbrokes to cut the Sunderland manager to 8/1 to take control of the national side.
The bet was placed at a shop in Whitby, North Yorkshire, and would see the punter collect a significant five-figure sum should O’Neill succeed Fabio Capello as the next permanent England boss.
Although always considered a more than capable manager after immense success at Leicester and Celtic, along with notably bringing stability to clubs such as Aston Villa, his half season at the helm on Wearside has shown what a terrific motivator O’Neill truly is.
His North East charges have been inspired from the brink of the bottom three to comfortable top half inhabitants in the Premier League, and a man-management expert in his own right, O’Neill’s attributes as a coach could make him the perfect candidate to lead England into Euro 2012.
Harry Redknapp remains 1/3 favourite to take up the position, though the FA are remaining tight-lipped regarding their choice to fill the position currently occupied by caretaker boss Stuart Pearce, who is 7/1 to land the position full-time.
Less and less money has come in for Redknapp over the course of the past month however, as his Tottenham side try desperately to arrest a run of form that threatens to overhaul their ambitions of Champions League qualification.
Whilst previously considered the only obvious candidate for the job, the performances of Redknapp’s side in recent high-pressure games may be enough to deter the FA from offering him the England job, and that appears to be the current consensus amongst punters.
O’Neill would look a more attractive proposition to invest in taking this into consideration, and Ladbrokes have been forced to take action in light of serious money coming in for the Ulsterman.