The extent to which blame can be laid at his door is open to debate, but the fact that Nottingham Forest became Championship also-rans under the guidance of former England boss Steve McClaren is clear for all to see.
McClaren took charge at the City Ground on 13th June when the double European Cup winners were 12/1 sixth-favourites to finish first in bwin’s Championship title betting market.
But fast-forward four months and Forest are 100/1 outsiders to go up to the Premier League as champions after a disastrous start to the season.
As joint-15th favourites with Crystal Palace, a successful £25 free bet on Forest to win the Championship would return £2,525, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
This compares with the £325 punters stood to claim if they placed a winning title bet on Forest earlier in the summer.
Forest’s points tally of eight from their first ten games of the season prompted McClaren’s resignation on Sunday, although his decision is said to be rooted in a lack of backing in the transfer market.
Regardless, punters would be wise to consider other options in the Championship title betting market in light of Forest’s plight.
West Ham are still favourites at 11/5, with early pace-setters Southampton second-favourites at 3/1.
However, Middlesbrough could be the best bets at 8/1, with Tony Mowbray’s side yet to taste defeat and just two points off the Saints in second.
A successful £25 free bet on Boro to win the league would return £225.
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