Harry Redknapp may have drawn a line under his public war of words with Adel Taraabt, but he is expected to leave Queens Park Rangers before the forward.
The R’s boss is 3/10 to exit Loftus Road prior to his mercurial midfielder, while the star of their 2010/11 promotion campaign is 11/5 to be the first of the two to depart.
Super Hoops chairman Tony Fernandes moved in to remind both parties of their responsibilities to the club after the pair had taken to rival red tops to continue the spat started by Redknapp’s observation Taarabt was “three stone overweight”.
*See below for our scientifically researched chronicle of the Moroccan’s waistline*
The Malaysia Airlines tycoon has always been supportive of his manager, but his reaction to the current furore is markedly more measured than past statements.
“I have spoken to them both personally,” said Fernandes.
“Both have been notified of our disappointment regarding their handling of the situation.”
It has been suggested that Taarabt, who has spent half of the last two seasons on loan at first Fulham and then AC Milan, may be keen to quit the club in the January transfer window.
However, even if such a move transpires it may be enough to see him outlast Redknapp at Rangers if the next Premier League manager to leave their post betting is anything to go by.
The former West Ham and Tottenham motivator is the favourite in bwin’s market at 3/4, with Sunderland’s Gus Poyet next most fancied at a relatively lengthy 4/1.
Despite winning promotion last term, Redknapp’s QPR win percentage of 35.96 is worse than all bar one of his past six managerial tenures.
Meanwhile, having axed Mark Hughes on the 23rd of November during their last season in the top flight, chairman Fernandes is clearly not averse to parting with his manager if he feels the writing is on the wall.
Rangers are 7/5 favourites for their second win of the campaign when they host Aston Villa.