Skybet close markets on QPR managerial options as Hughes gets sack23rd November 2012 / lee
Online betting site Skybet have suspended two of their manager betting markets following an influx of support on the markets. Mark Hughes’ position at Loftus Road with QPR ws looking more and more fragile and with them facing a trip to Old Trafford, the future didn’t look as if it is going to get brighter anytime soon. Adding more pressure to the position of Hughes was the growing support of former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp. The QPR fans had been calling for him to come in and take control of their rescue operation as they are already four points adrift at the bottom of the Premier League.
QPR made the move of sacking Hughes on Friday.
Redknapp has been linked heavily to the position of becoming the Ukraine’s manager after legend Andriy Shevchenko declined the offer. So the development of the Next Manager To Go Market at SkyBet has been coming in direct contradiction of the Ukraine link for Redknapp as the bookie is protecting themselves against Redknapp making a Premier League return. Such interest was coming in on Hughes being the next manager to go, along with Redknapp taking over at Loftus Road, that Skybet have no option but to shut down their markets.
Sky Bet Football Trader Chris Spicer said: “All the money is pointing towards Redknapp being handed the reins at Loftus Road, with the size of the bets forcing us to suspended betting on both markets.
“We’d assume that nothing is likely to be confirmed until after Saturday’s seemingly unwinnable trip to Old Trafford, which QPR are 14/1 for, with the likelihood being that he will be in place in time to instil some fresh impetus in time for Tuesday night’s clash at Sunderland.”
Redknapp apparently is set for talks with QPR.