Within the space of 48 hours, developments concerning three of football’s most high-profile managerial jobs have rendered a punt on Jose Mourinho becoming the next Manchester United boss, Beyonce-levels of attractive.
Despite being tossed out of the Chelsea frying pan, Mourinho is still hot managerial property and given a trio of his most probable next destinations have all seemingly been cut off in short succession, Old Trafford remains the sole shining beacon.
It is a sizzling price of 1/1 with Ladbrokes that says the self-proclaimed Special One is the next permanent successor to incumbent United boss Louis van Gaal.
With the Dutchman copping it from fans and media alike throughout his second season for crimes such as an early Champions League exit, a waning title bid, and general lacklustre performances in too many games, LVG’s time looks numbered barring a miraculous upturn in fortunes.
That is just one half of the bargain which makes this bet such a fruity-little number.
As mentioned above, three other European powerhouses in the shape of Bayern Munich, Mourinho’s former employers at Real Madrid and United’s bitter rivals Manchester City, have all solved managerial riddles this week.
The domino effect of Pep Guardiola vacating his Bayern post to be replaced by Carlo Ancelotti, is that the Spaniard is all-but confirmed in numerous reports to be heading to the Etihad in the summer.
With the hard-done by Rafael Benitez shoved out the Bernabeu door to make way for club legend Zinedine Zidane almost simultaneously, one of the only worthy-enough jobs left for Jose is the 13-time Premier League champions.
Mourinho’s cosy relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson is simply the icing on this bet’s cake.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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