Pulis exit rumours mount and Rio aims for Rio
After turning Stoke City into a regular mid table Premiership side, manager Tony Pulis appears to be on the verge of exiting the club. A poor recent spell of one win in ten League games and rumours about his frustration at a lack of progress for the club off the pitch has meant Pulis’s odds on not being the Stoke manager at the start of next season have been cut to 3/1.
Following on from Rio Ferdinand making a triumphant one day return to the England football squad bookmaker Paddy Power have offered odds on his international future. With Ferdinand playing his best football for a few seasons and England not flush with fit centre backs Paddy Power have given odds of 11/8 that Rio will be on the plane to World Cup 2014 and odds of 7/4 that he’ll start a game in the tournament.
A Paddy Power spokesman told Football Betting News; “Although the Ferdinand/England soap opera took a new twist this week we think it’s actually enhanced the centre back’s chances of being in the squad for World Cup 2014. With JT sulking in international retirement and Joleon Lescott plying his trade in Man City’s reserves the Three Lions might well need Rio to marshal the back four out in Brazil.”
1/5 - To be manager for Stoke’s first League game next season
3/1 - To not be manager for Stoke’s first League game next season
Ferdinand World Cup 2014
11/8 - To be in the England squad for World Cup 2014
7/4 - To start a game for England in World Cup 2014