Mourinho odds: Will he stay or go?

Once again this weekend, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho had an opportunity to set the record straight on his future but, for some reason, refused to give any definite answers, stating that his future is not important.

As far as the bookies are concerned, this failure to confirm his current situation means he is on his way and it is only a matter of time. Mourinho is 2/1 to still be Chelsea manager for the start of next season with Ladbrokes, but odds-on at 4/11 to leave anytime before next season kicks off.

If you want to get more specific, Ladbrokes are offering a market predicting the actual month he will leave offering some good value. It might be worth hedging your bets and spreading over a few consecutive months on this one.

Month Jose Mourinho leaves:

January 2007 - 4/1  
February 2007 - 8/1  
March 2007 - 8/1  
April 2007 - 9/1  
May 2007 - 7/4  
June 2007 - 9/2  
July 2007 - 10/1  
August - December 2007 - 14/1  
Not to leave this year - 3/1

However, if you think ‘The Special One’ is off sooner rather than later you may want to take a look at William Hill. Hill’s are offering 16/1 on Mourinho being the next and fifth manager to leave this season.

If and when Mourinho leaves, he will leave a gaping hole behind him at Chelsea. The next manager will have more expectation on him than any other Chelsea manager in history. Guus Hiddink, ironically the current Russia manager, is clear favourite to be the next Chelsea manager, at 4/5 with Ladbrokes, with rumours he has already been lined up. Anything to do with Russian connections we wonder???

Felippe ‘Big Phil’ Scolari, the bane of the England National Team, is next at 9/2 and Fabio Capello at 6/1. But If you fancy something with a bit more value, have a butchers at Marcello Lippi. At 14/1 with Ladbrokes, the World Cup winning manager of Italy is definitely worth a flutter, especially considering he's not at any club at the moment or has any contract wrangles to deal with.

Editor, - 2007-01-15 16:41:32

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