Championship title-holders Queens Park Rangers have seen their relegation odds cut by bwin following uncertainty about their manager Neil Warnock.
Last week saw Peterborough director of football Barry Fry feed rumours that Warnock’s position at Loftus Road was under threat, prompting a swift rebuttal from the QPR hierarchy.
According to Fry, Posh striker Craig Mackail-Smith turned down a move to south-west London on the grounds that Warnock was not guaranteed to hold onto his job.
This forced a response from the Hoops, who publicly backed their man to continue readying the first team ahead of the QPR Bolton season opener on 13th August.
Warnock was also on the defensive, insisting that he is playing a big part in behind-the-scenes work to bring new players into the club.
“We’ve targeted a number of players during the last few weeks and although we’ve missed out on some, the board are continuing to work hard to assist me in bringing new additions to the football club,” he commented.
“I’m confident that we’ll have a few new players on board in the next couple of weeks.
“With regards to my own position, I’m really excited about the challenge that lies ahead next season and I can’t wait for pre-season training.”
However, this has not stopped QPR odds in bwin’s relegation betting market shortening from 7/4 to 2/1.
A successful £25 free bet on Rangers to go down, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, will now return £68.75 rather than £75.
This means that the Hoops are joint-third favourites for the drop along with Wigan, with Swansea and Norwich looking the most likely to finish in the bottom three at the end of the season.
New customers can register here to claim a £25 free bet.