Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez is not very happy with bookmakers who accept ‘morally suspect’ bets on the next managerial sacking in the Premiership.
Lawrie Sanchez - Fulham manager
The former Northern Ireland boss, whose Fulham side play at home to Newcastle United in todayâ€™s late game, is regarded as the second most likely Premier League manager to be shown the door next, with Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate also high on most lists. However, Middlesbroughâ€™s good win against Arsenal last weekend must have alleviated Garethâ€™s chances somewhat. We’ve also got to think that Sunderland’s manager Roy Keane, has to be up there too.
The scenario of Sanchez being sacked seems more likely if Newcastle get a win at Craven Cottage today, but it tunrs out that Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce is the bookies’ third favorite, to be sacked next.
Sanchez said today:
“It is morally questionable to bet on someone’s misfortune. If bets were placed on people in other jobs losing theirs they wouldn’t be too happy about it yet you see bets on managers every week at the drop of a hat.â€
“It is a morally suspect bet. I wouldn’t go as far as to say it brings the game into disrepute but it is suspect to bet on the misfortune of someone.â€
“Betting on horses to lose has caused a lot of problems in the horse racing world because of the implications. I am not against betting per se and I know I am not going to change betting on managers but when you look at it, it is a questionable one.”
We cannot disagree with Lawrie on that, but who would want to be a Premiership manager? There’s so much pressure, and you get taken to the cleaners every week in the press. Apart from that, it’s a decent job that pays well.
The Newcastle game today is followed by Fulham’s home game with Wigan next week. Then Fulham face away games at Tottenham and Birmingham before beginning 2008 with a derby clash with Chelsea at Craven Cottage.
“”They are all winnable games and all games we will be looking to take maximum points from. They are four games where hopefully we can begin the new year against Chelsea in a different position to the one we are in now.â€
“If we aren’t then I will start to worry. This is a crucial time for all clubs and we can get points certainly starting tomorrow. Then it is Wigan, Tottenham away and Birmingham and I would hope to have a lot more points on the board than we do now.”
First things first, and it will be very interesting to see how Newcastle and Fulham fare against each other this afternoon. We think it should be a reasonably competitive game, but we don’t expect either manager to be given the sack, whatever happens this afternoon.
We’re sure that will make both managers feel a lot more secure.