Rafael Benitez is the subject of a mammoth gamble for the Aston Villa job according to Ladbrokes.
His odds of taking over at Villa were slashed from 14/1 to 7/4 after a spate of shop and online bets were struck this afternoon.
Owen Coyle was also backed early with previous favourites Mark Hughes (4/1) and Steve McLaren (7/1) now on the drift.
Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “The word must be doing the rounds. Everyone is clamouring to get on Rafa for Villa and we’ve had no choice but to slash the odds.”
Ladbrokes latest betting
Next Aston Villa manager
Rafa Benitez -7/4
Owen Coyle – 5/2
Mark Hughes – 4/1
David Moyes – 7/1
Steve McClaren – 7/1
Roberto Martínez – 10/1
Claudio Ranieri – 16/1
(Prices at 16.10 on Wednesday 8th of June)