Pellegrini expected to replace Mancini
Sky Bet make Manuel Pellegrini 1/3 to be the next Manchester City manager after Roberto Mancini’s sacking was confirmed late on Monday night.
The 59-year-old has been backed as short as 1/12 to replace the Italian before his widely anticipated departure was confirmed, but has since drifted out as Jose Mourinho has been cut in to 7/1 second favourite after a steady flow of bets on the Real Madrid manager.
Chilean Pellegrini, who managed various clubs in South America before spells with Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga, was actually backed into favourite for the post earlier this season before attracting a renewed surge of support in recent days.
Sky Bet Football Trader informed Football Betting News: “City’s interest in Pellegrini has been one of the worst kept secrets in football, with punters backing him for the job as long ago as February, and further runs of money came both before and after their FA Cup final loss.
“We’ve already seen some hugely significant developments ahead of next season which have caused a notable reshaping of our 2013/14 Premier League title betting, with City now joint favourites (15/8) with United following confirmation of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
“Speculation will quickly turn to the transfer window, with City backed into evens to sign Isco, who has established himself as one of Europe’s top young talents under Pellegrini at Malaga.”
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