Mourinho odds-on for Chelsea return
Chelsea’s manager merry-go-round picked up pace last night after a sensational outburst from interim manager Rafa Benitez. The Spaniard took exception to consistent fan protests against him and is now odds of 2/5 to not be in charge of Chelsea’s last game this season.
Bookmaker Paddy Power has given Benitez a short shelf life and the Special One is clear favourite to make a spectacular return to the Bridge. Mourinho has odds of 5/6 to be in charge of the club at the start of next season. Everton manager David Moyes is second favourite at 4/1 after a superb year and ex-Chelsea player Gus Poyet is third favourite at odds of 7/1.
Benitez has taken Chelsea through to the quarter finals of the FA Cup where they have odds of 11/2 to win the competition, and through to the last 16 of the Europa League where the club are favourites to take the title at odds of 7/2. However, it’s the inconsistent league form and team selection that has angered supporters.
Other names in the mix for the position are Swansea hero Michael Laudrup at 10/1, Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola at 16/1, and John Terry at 25/1. Less likely to get the job are ex-Chelsea man turned TV pundit Ray Wilkins at 80/1 and outgoing Pope Benedict XVI at odds of 500/1.
A Paddy Power spokesman told Football Betting News; “Rafa, in usual fashion, is attempting to make his exit from a job as dramatic as possible. His ranting and raving at the fans has taken his approval rating at Stamford Bridge to a Felipe Scolari style low and we think the Special One’s return is imminent.”
Benitez to be in charge of Chelsea’s last game this season
Chelsea manager at the start of the 2013-2014 season
5/6 - Mourinho
4/1 - Moyes
7/1 - Poyet
10/1 - Laudrup
16/1 - Zola
16/1 - Klopp
16/1 - Capello
16/1 - Pelligrini
25/1 - Terry
25/1 - Conte
40/1 - Rijkaard
50/1 - Di Canio
80/1 - Ray Wilkins
500/1 - Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)