Bookies have seen a major punt on Ronald Koeman to be the-Bettingzone.co.uk
next permanent manager of Manchester City.
bet365 spokesman were among the
first to see the money, spokesman Steve Freeth explaining: "Koeman has been
drifting for weeks now, but the vultures pounced on Friday morning to take any
big price they could.
"A couple of bets were taked at 40/1, followed by 20/1,
12/1 and then 5/1 before we waved the white flag by going 2/1 favourite.
this frenzied betting activity took place in less than two hours."
It was a
similar story at Hills, with spokesman Graham Sharpe revealing: "After taking a
number of bets of up to £200 at 16/1 we have been forced to cut his odds all the
way down to 2/1 at which price we have still been taking bets.
Koeman has been well backed elsewhere too, though Blue Square and Sky Bet still
offer 5/1 and he's trading at around the 4/1 mark on Betfair.
Generally the bookies don't get it wrong all that often, but is being the favourite for the City job a sure sign that a manager is anything but guaranteed to take the job?
There were also reports today Juande Ramos's agent had contacted the club - but how much of this maybe merely used as leverage in his contract contract negotiations with Seville.
Billy Davies was also linked as well today, perhaps signalling that the press (and bookies) know as much as the rest of us?