Bruce position becomes tenuous

Martin O'Neill is the odds-on favourite

Bookmakers were forced to suspend betting on the next (first) Premier League manager to leave his post this season following a wave of bets on Sunderland boss Steve Bruce.

Several bookies reported a steady flow of money on the under-fire manager as rumours on social networking sites began to gather pace. Some even suggesting that a press conference was scheduled for 11:15am at the Stadium of Light this Monday morning.

Earlier in the weekend Sunderland had lost at home to bottom-of-the-table Wigan after a last minute mistake by Wes Brown allowed Franco di Santo to slot into an empty net and take all three points.

At the final whistle a chorus of “Bruce Out” echoed around the stadium, but the former Wigan and Birmingham manager remained defiant.

“I won't be beaten with it. If others see fit to make a change then so be it but I'm ready for the challenge ahead,” said Bruce.

“I'm still convinced, no matter what people are chanting or saying, that the dressing room and the players we've got here are a good group and they will turn it around.”

Since suspending the markets on Bruce being the first managerial casualty of the season Stan James and William Hill have opened betting on who will replace him at the club. Martin O’Neill is the odds-on favourite with both bookies, while Rafael Benitez is the 8/1 second-favourite followed by Mark Hughes at 10/1 and Carlo Ancelotti at 16/1.

Sunderland now face two crucial games with a visit to Wolves this Sunday to be followed a home tie against Blackburn Rovers.

Written By:- Jaymes Monte (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 28/11/2011 - 09:38 AM
Filed in:- Crystal Palace Betting News, Crystal Palace

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