A surge of money has prompted bwin to slash the odds on Andre Villas-Boas being the next Liverpool manager.
The Zenit St Petersburg boss is into 6/1 joint-favourite to take over from Brendan Rodgers following the Reds’ goalless draw with Sunderland at the weekend.
But why back the Portuguese tactician to make the Anfield move at that price when there’s 50/1 to be had about him taking the reins at Arsenal.
Following their 3-2 loss at Stoke, Arsene Wenger has reassumed his position as scourge of the Gunners; a clueless, completely useless, joke of a manager who is no longer fit to man the rudder of a club that is entitled to win the title every season.
A few wins are sure to quieten the dissenters for whom constant Champions League qualifications are insufficient, but it’s not entirely inconceivable that the Frenchman, fed up with the annual grumbles against him, will abandon the club to sink or swim at the end of the season.
Assuming he does, there aren’t many grandiose candidates available befitting of the exacting standards the Gooners demand.
Villas-Boas, however, has the pedigree and there’s a case to make regarding his suitability for the role.
Having spent time at Chelsea and Tottenham, he has ample Premier League experience.
At Spurs he came within one point of finishing in the top-four before being sacked a few months later following a string of bad results brought about by Franco Baldini, the north Londoners’ director of football, squandering the bulk of the money made from the Gareth Bale sale on sub-par players.
Few clubs reshuffle their backroom teams with the frequency of Chelsea and Tottenham, Arsenal’s laudable, patient approach with bosses will afford the Portuguese time to forge a formidable team.
His results at Porto and Zenit prove he can deliver the goods when expectations are high, while it would be fair to argue the Gunners side he would be assuming control of is stronger than either squad he had at his disposal at Stamford Bridge or White Hart Lane.
A coach with meticulous, slightly scientific methods is sure to appeal to the Arsenal recruitment team, while all the Gooners salivating over the prospect of Jurgen Klopp are obviously of a similar mindset, though the German’s unavailability renders AVB the next best alternative.