Odds on Mauricio Pochettino to leave Tottenham slashed
August 30, 2019
Bookmakers have slashed the odds on Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino to be the next Premier League manager to leave their club following a string of bets on the market.
One UK bookmaker, Coral, have even decided to suspend betting on Pochettino leaving the club after a surprising number of bets were placed.
Coral spokesman John Hill stated regarding the decision to suspend betting on the market “has taken us by surprise”.
“This is a gamble which has taken us by surprise and as a result of the volume of bets we have taken, we have had no choice but to suspend betting to let the dust settle as there is rarely smoke without fire when it comes to such activity in our managerial markets.”
Spurs have not got off to the best start to season after picking up just four points from a possible nine in their opening three games. However, a 3-1 win against Aston Villa and a respectable point against current champions Manchester City have been overshadowed by the London clubs 1-0 defeat to Newcastle last weekend. There are also other factors which have contributed to the rumours of Pochettino’s exit. The Argentine s made several negative comments about Tottenham Hotspur owner Daniel Levy regarding transfer dealings and there continues to be speculation around whether midfielder Christian Eriksen will will be a Spurs player when the transfer window closes on Monday with French club PSG reportedly being interested in Tottenham’s key player.
Bookies were offering odds of just 1/6 on Pochettino leaving the London club before the end of September. Pochettino is also the bookies 2nd favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave their post at odds of 11/4 only behind Watford manager Javi Garcia (evens).
Irish bookmaker Paddy Power seem to think Pochettino may be on his way to Manchester as they are offering odds of just 3/1 for him to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who is 4th favourite to be the next manager to leave at odds of 10/1.
Tottenham face Arsenal on Sunday afternoon in the North London derby and there have been rumours that Pochettino is set to leave following the clash. However, the Tottenham manager has dismissed these claims, branding them as ‘stupid’ and stating:
“What can I say about a stupid rumour? After five years, now I start the sixth and you know how we work in the summer to try to rebuild and update”
“Summer 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0 – now we are 6.0. The new version.”
“That stupidity can only happen through some rumours on social media that create a big, big problem that doesn’t exist.”
“I’m not going to walk away after the north London derby. I’m going to be here Monday and Tuesday.
“My plan is to travel – I don’t want to say where – and then Friday again to London, meeting with Daniel (Levy). We’re going to watch some national team games live, and then Monday preparing for the new week.”
“I’m not the type of person who sends messages through social. Did you bet? It’s closed now, eh? You lost your money!”
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