As Gus Poyet is confirmed as the new manager of Sunderland, bookmakers Ladbrokes have wasted no time issuing a series of special bets to usher in the Uruguayan’s Stadium of Light reign, however short…
As the former Brighton boss arrives on Wearside the bookies believe he will face a challenge just keeping Sunderland in the division, with 4/6 the price they are relegated this season.
A price of 13/2 can be snapped up that Poyet keeps the Mackems in the division by the skin of their teeth with a 17th-place finish though.
Poyet, remember, must pick up the pieces of a horrendous start to their Premier League campaign for the Black Cats, which sees them stuck on a solitary point at the bottom of the table after seven games.
Meanwhile for those fearing the worst, 12/1 says that Poyet’s stay at Sunderland ends up being a Paolo Di Canio-esque stint which sees him sacked before Christmas, while it’s 4/1 with Ladbrokes that he is given the boot before the season’s conclusion.
Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “Sunderland remain a popular bet for relegation and the appointment of Poyet has done nothing to change that. If he does keep them up the betting suggests it will be by the skin of their teeth.”
However, those punters with more faith in the former Chelsea player’s managerial capabilities and perceive a more positive outlook, still have plenty of other options available.
Punters can grab a slice of 14/1 the fabled ‘new manager effect’ sees Poyet guide Sunderland to a top-10 finish, while a jovial punt is offered that the Uruguayan ends up mimicking the departed Di Canio by sliding on his knees in the next Tyne/Wear derby.
Finishes in any other of the bottom-half spots in the Premier League are priced up as follows:
16th – 9/1
15th – 11/1
14th – 14/1
13th – 18/1
12th – 22/1
11th – 28/1
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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