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Axe To Drop As Betting Frozen?

David O'Leary was already the favourite option for the sack or resignation according to the bookies last week. Most had him on at 2/1 as the axe of Doug Ellis was rumoured to be coming out of storage and being sharpened. According to Bet365 spokesman Steve Freeth, 'punters were all over O'Leary like a rash on Friday night'. Are they sure it wasn't hives?

Anyway, betting has now been suspended after the price dropped from 5/2 to 7/4.

Steve Freeth said: "Punters were all over O`Leary like a rash on Friday night and after the news of a 'mutiny` at Villa Park we`ve decided to temporarily suspend the market. The one thing that could hinder backers of O`Leary is that Ellis may not want to pay too much compensation for sacking the Irishman and he could wait for an approach from manager-less Sunderland."

Villa also aren't far behind Watford, Sheffield United, Reading, Wigan, Fulham and Charlton in the relegation bets as you can get odds of 9/2 for Villa to go down at the moment. It wasn't that many years ago when you used to get those odds for Villa to win the Premiership.

Premiership relegation odds: Bet 365




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 17 2006

Time: 12:55PM

Your Comments

bookies dont normally get it wrong....which is more worrying for the relegation issue.
JASON
surely even deadly knows that if he booted odreary out ther is a keen replacement waiting in o'neill, season ticket saleas would go through the roof and more than recoup the compo paid out.more tickets sold = bigger gates=packed villa park=great atmosphere=strong selling tool for any future investor...never mind your st james park or old trafford. nothing rocks like vp when full and in full voice.
JASON
Who are we kidding? O'neil or any decent manager will stay well clear at VP, who wants a crap squad, no mony to spend and a chairman who has no vision, ambition and will not even sell up. Sack O'leary...but we will end up with a crap replacement and still the same old trouble of lack of vision and investment from above. Doug going is the only hope we have for a future in the premiership.
tylervilla
Good point Jason, but you are crediting Ellis with having a business brain
Steve W
Lads do not loose the run of yourselves, do you honestly think a Man like O'Neil would come and work for trhat old fart we have???
irish villa
Problem with Martin O'Neill is that he might be starting to believe his own publicity. Don't forget, he's only managed three teams of any note - Wycombe, Leicester and Celtic...
NeilBaker
Bring back Savo Milosovic as manager.Had to get ur attention some how.Does anyone else have that sinking feeling?Could this be the most exciting season at villa park ever.Aclub up for sale,a manager with no or little support from fans and board alike and a chairman holding on to his purse strings so he can live comfortably in his twilight years.Oh yea thats right he is like 188 or somethin.Cant wait for May to see how this soap opera plays out!Just dont want us to be on our way down as the blues come up!!!!
sk1nner80
So Neil Baker, Martin O'Neill's not a good manager? He won 2 League Cups with Leicester and apart from many trophies took Celtic to a European Final - easily knocking out Blackburn and Liverpool along the way. I think most Villa supporters would settle for that at the moment.
Steve W
The fact still remains who would replace O'Leary if the old fart gets rid, because the tight old git still remains, unless he miraculously finds 20m
fatloser
Still think that a different manager would be able to motivate what is essentially a decent squad of players. Look at what Curbs did at Charlton, which is quite a poor squad on paper. I think they will struggle this season with the squad they have and that will prove how good Curbs was. I'm sure he would do a better job than DOL
DougInABox
 

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