It didn’t take long for the knives to come out for poor old Ole. Having only signed a 3-year, permanent contract on the 28th of March, the bookies are already lining up a string of specials based around when he will be leaving.
While the 2018/2019 Premier League season is done and dusted, and congratulations to Manchester City, there is still plenty of betting action to be found surrounding managers and players. As an extension to our matchday EPL betting tips, we want to keep you posted on some of the more interesting wagers available throughout the summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær Sacking Specials
When Manchester United sacked Jose Mourinho in December, attention turned to who would replace him in the Old Trafford hot seat. Zinedine Zidane and Antonio Conte, both readily available, and Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino were the main men touted for the job. Instead, the Man United board turned to club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjær as caretaker manager until the end of the season.
Solskjær got off to a dream start winning his first five Premier League games. Suddenly, the feel-good factor had returned to the Theatre of Dreams and the club were sniffing a top-four finish; something that looked highly unlikely in Mourinho’s final weeks. The run continued with United picking up 25 points from OGS’s first 9 league games. A stunning comeback in the second leg against PSG in the Champions League had fans and pundits purring.
The MU board took notice and promptly waved a three-year contract under Ole’s nose. The job as permanent Manchester United manager was his – and that’s when it all started to unravel. Defeat against Barcelona in the UCL ¼ Finals and a dramatic slump in league form which saw United only pick up 8 points in their last 8 games meant the club finished in a disappointing 6th spot, and so the bookies’ special’s boards got busy.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer To Leave Manchester Utd Before The First Game Of The 19/20 Season: 4.33 (Ladbrokes)
Even the staff at Gamblers Pro HQ would be amazed if United acted before the beginning of the next campaign but if Pochettino quits Spurs (as some suggest he might do if not backed by Daniel Levy in the summer transfer window) then this could force their hand. Still, this is a long shot and OGS has already appointed his backroom staff, suggesting plans are well afoot for this August.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer To Leave Manchester Utd Before The End Of The 2019/2020 Season: 1.57 (Ladbrokes)
Talk about a show of no confidence from the bookies. The money is on OGS to be booted out at some point during this campaign, which means you can get higher than evens on him seeing the season out. A lot will depend on the players he manages to retain at the club and the new faces he brings in. There is a lot of deadwood in the ranks that also needs to be cleared out. A clear sign during the summer will be if the chequebook is made available. If no major signings arrive in Manchester, the 1.57 on offer looks very tempting to us.