The bwin odds moguls have reacted to Liverpool and Manchester City’s latest setbacks by trimming their managers in the Premier League sack race betting.
Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini has rattled in on the rails from 8/1 to 7/2 after the Citizens failed to win for the fifth time in six games against QPR at Loftus Road.
Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers has shortened four points from 16/1 to 12/1 in a week when his side twice lost by single goas to two of Europe’s best teams.
Nonetheless, while the ground may feel that much less steady underneath their Hush Puppies this morning, neither need overly fear the executioner’s blade.
The main reason is the utter dearth of top quality managers out of work at the moment.
Either club would require an upwardly mobile gaffer whose stock was rapidly on the rise, as Rodgers himself once was, or one that had been there and seen it all, a Carlo Ancelotti figure.
Many of the older generation are currently retiring or losing their touch, with Marcello Lippi the latest to hang up his chalkboard and Gus Hiddink struggling with the Netherlands.
Meanwhile the brightest rising stars of the current European crop – the likes of Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone and Rudi Garcia of Roma – are firmly ensconced in their current roles.
Thomas Tuchel, who was touted for the Germany job after seasons of overachievement at Bundesliga club Mainz, is arguably one of the few bosses to fit the bill that is currently out of work.
It’s not impossible to imagine him at Liverpool, where the narrative of his appointment wouldn’t be so different to that of the incumbent.
However, at City where owners rich enough to buy Sepp Blatter’s retirement must be bored of recruiting less than ‘box office’ managers, his face wouldn’t fit.