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Moyes and Mel make major moves in Premier League sack race

| 26.02.2014

Odds on David Moyes being the next Premier League manager to leave his post have taken a dramatic tumble over night after Manchester United’s 2-0 Champions League defeat at Olympiakos.

Coral suspended betting with Moyes an 11/1 shot and he is now an industry best 6/4 second-favourite in the sack race behind West Brom’s win-less head coach Pepe Mel.

Spaniard Mel is 6/5 to be axed with senior players expressing concerns over his tactical approach. Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace has a ruthless record of dismissing bosses when the club’s top-flight status is under threat.

The likes of Roberto di Matteo and Steve Clarke have been removed from the Hawthorns dugout in recent times. Albion’s next game against Sunderland has been postponed due to the Black Cats participating in the Capital One Cup final, so the west Midlands outfit may slip into the bottom three if other results go against them.

Mel was appointed on January 9th but has four losses and two draws from his six Premier League games in charge. He signed an 18 month contract, but there is now grave doubt he will see it out.

Red Devils manager Moyes signed a six-year deal when he joined United last summer, yet it now looks as if the club have finally lost patience with the Scot and are willing to make a heavy money loss by sacking him.

Following the recent Champions League last 16 first leg game in Greece, star forward Robin van Persie voiced his frustrations, suggesting a difference in tactical opinions with his boss.

“Our fellow players are sometimes occupying the spaces I want to play in,” said the Dutchman. “And when I see that it makes it difficult for me to come to those spaces as well.

“So that forces me to adjust my runs, based on the position of my fellow players. And unfortunately, they’re often playing in my zones. I think that’s a shame.”

Ironically West Brom face Man Utd next at the Hawthorns on March 8th, and it remains to be seen if there will be two new faces in the opposite dugouts.

Coral have a special market on Moyes’ predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson to take charge of a Premier League match. Back Fergie at 4/1 to make a sensational return to Old Trafford.



Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.