Moyes halves in price to be next Premier League manager to go
Despite having over five years of his Manchester United contract remaining and being in charge of a club that have been rewarded in the recent past for showing patience with an under-achieving manager, David Moyes has halved in price to 10/1 in the next Premier League manager to go odds market.
Man Utd’s prospects of finishing the season with some new silverware in their trophy cabinet all but ended with the Capital One Cup semi-final penalty shoot-out defeat to Sunderland, especially after already being dumped out of the FA Cup by Swansea.
However, there is still plenty to play for, with a Champions League round-of-16 encounter with Olympiakos upcoming, alongside the obvious fight to make up the six-point deficit to get back into the Premier League top four.
The job replacing Sir Alex Ferguson was never going to be a straight-forward one, especially as the squad inherited by Moyes was clearly weaker than Manchester City and Chelsea, while possibly being on par with Arsenal.
A failure to bring in some notable new faces in the summer didn’t help Moyes’ cause, particualrly with Arsenal breaking their club record to purchase Mesut Ozil and Tottenham seriously strengthening their squad depth from the money received for Gareth Bale.
But, it seems highly likely that Moyes will have no such excuses after January, with a kitty of over £100m reportedly at his disposal and Juan Mata already on a helicopter to the club ahead of a likely big-money move from Chelsea.
With Moyes also robbed of the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick for chunks of the season, injuries have not fallen on his side and it would be a bigger shock than the USA beating England at the 1950 World Cup or James ‘Buster’ Douglas beating Mike Tyson if he did not see out the season, as a minimum, in the Old Trafford dugout.
Moyes is 4/9 to still be charge of Man Utd on the opening day of the 2014/15 Premier League season and whether or not they qualify for the Champions League could prove the deciding factor in this.
Man Utd’s odds are 11/5 to finish in the top four this season and two or three big January signings can see them make up ground on the likes of Liverpool and Everton.