It takes skill to look really far into the future and correctly predict what is going to happen.
Look at Mark Hughes. When he kept Queens Park Rangers up on the last day of the season despite winning just six of his 21 games in charge after taking over from Neil Warnock, he confidently predicted with all the certainty of a scientologist that QPR would ‘never be in this position ever again with me in charge’.
And move over Mystic Meg, he was right, wasn’t he? Because they are going to be in that position with somebody else now. It was so astute of Hughes to know that he was going to do such an awful job that this season’s last-day relegation scrap would be in the hands of a different manager.
It must have been what he was on about when he said Fulham didn’t match his ambitions. He just didn’t say that his ambition was to perform one of the worst jobs in Premier League history.
Although you don’t need Hughes’ legendary clairvoyant skills to realise that ‘Arry ‘I really want the Ukraine job, honestly guvnor, I wasn’t just flushing out Premier League chairmen’ Redknapp is going to succeed him.
Most bookies have stopped taking bets after a flurry of money came in for Redknapp, most of it from a cockney fella with a twitch who was seen walking into a Bournemouth betting shop with his dog.
The Ukraine link was absurd. I mean, why would Redknapp take a job in some dangerous outback where violence is rife and the locals are horrible, hostile people? He’s already worked in Tottenham, he doesn’t need to do that again.
Besides, west London is much closer to Monaco, which is handy for that totally legitimate arrangement he had with the in-no-way-dodgy Milan Mandaric. Not that there was anything wrong with that, of course, as Redknapp couldn’t fiddle his taxes because he can’t read or write.
In fact, he’s so illiterate he can’t even spell QPR, but that isn’t going to stop him taking the job at Loftus Road, just in the nick of time to save the club from relegation.
But Redknapp is not going to be in the dug-out for Rangers’ next match, away to Manchester United (he’s many things but he’s not bloody stupid), all of which brings us to our next £10 to £10k Challenge bet.
Wednesday’s bet screeched in without as much as a second glance, as our tip of over 1.5 goals in the Ajax v Borussia Dortmund game was done and dusted inside 36 minutes. That it finished 4-1 to the Germans was pretty much irrelevant after that and it put the pot up to £13.23.
As you might have guessed, QPR and their entirely fruitless, pointless, futile and laughable attempt to get a result at Old Trafford feature in Bet 3.
United unveiled a statue of Sir Alex Ferguson on Friday and it was good of them to erect one of a fourth official right next to it for added effect.
I actually didn’t realise it was the first statue at Old Trafford this season – I thought they’d put one up of Patrice Evra in the left-back area on the pitch just in front of the Stretford End.
Anyway, United are going to batter QPR and over 1.5 goals in the game is 1/10, which is the shortest price we are permitted to use in the challenge, so that is the bet. Only seven of the last 60 Premier League games at Old Trafford have had fewer than two goals and Saturday isn’t going to be the eighth.
United have scored 29 league goals, 15 in their five matches at Old Trafford, and will fill their boots against a side who have conceded 23 goals this season and look an utter shambles at the back.
If it comes in, our £13.23 will be £14.42.
Bet 3: Over 1.5 goals in Man Utd v QPR @ 1/10
Current balance: £13.23
Potential balance: £14.42