Next Premier League manager to go betting: Ronald Koeman odds cut dramatically
Ronald Koeman odds have been slashed into 5/2 (from 6/1 and initial 16/1) in the next Premier League manager to go betting by BetVictor.
Everton’s winless run is now six matches in all competitions after the Toffees lost 4-0 to table-toppers Manchester United.
Koeman, in his second season at Goodison Park, has seen his side fail to keep a clean sheet in any of those games.
A shock midweek Europa League 3-0 defeat in Italy to last season’s surprise Serie A package Atalanta beforehand mean Everton have four consecutive losses without scoring in all competitions.
After the weekend, they are in the Premier League relegation zone on goal difference.
While the betting shows there is no real concern about that, although Paddy Power have almost halved the Toffees into a best-price 66/1 (from 125/1) for the drop, Koeman’s recent comments are bringing his future on Merseyside into question.
“Team in transition”?
“I need to criticise myself because the team were not prepared for this tonight and that’s a question to myself,” Koeman told BT Sport in his post-match interview following the Atalanta game.
Recent performances have “worried” Koeman and he told press at his pre-match conference for the United game: “I will have a meeting with the players. The experienced ones must stand up.
“Our team is in transition. Everybody knows as [a] young player and foreign player coming to the Premier League, they need time.”
The Toffees spent over a reported £130,000,000 in transfer fees this summer, and it was put to Koeman that may have raised expectations at Goodison.
“Maybe it’s really easy to tell everybody that Everton will be fourth in the table and will fight for the Champions League, because they have spent a lot of money,” he added.
“But maybe the rest of the teams have spent even more money, and they didn’t spend that money this summer, because they already have the team they need.”
Slaven Bilic bets still head market despite price easing
West Ham United moved off the foot of the Premier League table with a 2-0 home victory over newly promoted Huddersfield Town on Monday, but were then held to a goalless draw by West Bromwich Albion.
This eased the pressure on Hammers boss Slaven Bilic, though he remains at the head of the next Premier League manager to go betting.
As short as 7/4 in the aftermath Frank de Boer’s sacking by Crystal Palace, Slaven Bilic bets to be the second coaching casualty of the campaign are now a best-price 2/1 with BetVictor.
The style of football played by West Ham predecessor Sam Allardyce led to his departure from East London and similar tactics were on display last time out.
Rather than pair target man Andy Carroll and marquee Hammers summer signing Javier Hernandez up front together, Bilic shunted the Mexico poacher to the left wing.
West Ham are also 4/1 with BetVictor for relegation, but have three home games in league and cup.
Mauricio Pellegrino needs Saints to perform
With De Boer ditched by Palace in favour of ex-England boss Roy Hodgson, his Eagles lost his first game in charge at home to Southampton.
Mauricio Pellegrino, former assistant to Rafa Benitez, took over at Saints this summer from Claude Puel and has seen his side fail to score in all but two games across all competitions.
Southampton is his fifth different job in management and Pellegrino has a tough situation with star defender Virgil van Dijk on his hands.
The Netherlands centre back craved a summer switch to Liverpool, but Saints stood firm and refused to sell for once.
How Pellegrino re-integrates Van Dijk and when requires careful man management and he came off the bench against Palace.
This individual issue has the potential to shape his St Mary’s tenure.
Defence not the only problem
An underwhelming display for the Under-23s earlier in the week suggests Van Dijk isn’t match sharp yet.
Saints spent over £20,000,000 on recruiting new defensive options in fellow Dutchman Wesley Hoedt and Polish prospect Jan Bednarek, but have kept two clean sheets so far.
It is the lack of goals which is more cause for concern, however, as Pellegrino has Charlie Austin, Manolo Gabbiadini, Shane Long, Nathan Redmond and Dusan Tadic in his ranks.
If the Argentine coach cannot get these names firing soon, then his 12/1 price (eased from 10/1) in the next Premier League manager to go betting will shorten.
Southampton have perhaps been victims of their own success, recording four consecutive top eight finishes despite previously selling key players.
BetVictor also have Pellegrino’s mentor and Newcastle United boss Benitez at 20/1 in the market.
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