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Terry no long shot to succeed Benitez




Every week, bookmaker and former Racing Post chief sports betting writer Mark Worwood tackles one of football’s hottest topics from a punting perspective.



With Rafa Benitez’s blunt comments removing any remaining doubt that he will not be managing Chelsea next season, markets on the next coach in the Stamford Bridge hot seat are the talk of the football betting world right now.

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Benitez is odds on not to make it to the end of the current campaign as Chelsea boss after slamming Blues fans for their lack of support and Blues officials for describing him as an interim manager when they appointed him in November 2012.

Because Benitez is made of sterner stuff than the Chelsea fans who are criticising him one may find odds of around 5-4 that the Spaniard picks the Blues team for the final round of this term’s English Premier League competition tempting.

But perhaps there is a 66-1 Chelsea boss bet on which it is worth risking a little bit of cash. Those are the odds that one bookmaker, William Hill, is offering about John Terry being the Blues manager on the first day of next season’s English Premier League tournament. Terry is as low as 16-1 with other firm in a similar but not quite identical market.

What is the rationale for backing Terry, a 32-year-old who has been involved in many on- and off-field controversies during his playing career, to become Chelsea’s next boss?

After all, some bookmakers think that Jose Mourinho is odds on to quit Real Madrid in the European summer and rejoin Chelsea after six years away from Stamford Bridge. That is what most Blues fans want to see happen and, importantly, it seems that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is of a similar opinion after missing out on Bayern Munchen-bound Pep Guardiola. The job is the Special One’s if he wants it.

But will Mourinho walk away from Real Madrid, the Spanish La Liga superpower to which he is contracted until 2016? Maybe, maybe not, but one cannot help thinking that the odds of the Special One leaving the Meringues to reunite with Chelsea are longer than most bookmakers would have one believe.

And if Mourinho refuses to be the next Chelsea fall guy, to whom will Abramovich turn? According to the betting, the non-Special One frontrunners for the poisoned chalice are Malaga’s Manuel Pelligrini, Everton’s David Moyes and Russia’s Fabio Capello. Other big names in the mix are Brighton’s Gus Poyet, Swansea’s Michael Laudrup and Avram Grant, the latter of whom is in the dole queue currently.

Surely any boss worth his salt will have second thoughts about accepting the Chelsea gig after seeing how the team’s so-called supporters have treated Benitez. Also, one does not require the greatest of memories to recall that the Blues sacked Roberto di Matteo just six months after he steered them to their maiden UEFA Champions League title.

Abramovich may have billions in the bank but all the money in the world may not be sufficient to persuade many of his major targets to become the next ringmaster of the Chelsea circus. And the Russian oligarch could do with winning over the Stamford Bridge diehards after the Benitez episode.



Would Terry Be A Popular Choice To Take The Reigns at Stamford Bridge? Send me your comments.




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