Substantial gamble on Guidolin to be first Premier League manager out of a job
On Monday morning, we backed Francesco Guidolin at 11/1 on the Sky Bet Sack Race market. However, the Swansea City manager’s odds have tumbled and Paddy Power are now as short as 9/4 that he’s the first one out of a job.
Guidolin has not enjoyed a bright start to the season at the Liberty Stadium despite an opening win at Turf Moor and a 2-2 draw against Chelsea, with last weekend’s reverse at Southampton seeing the team perform badly.
There have also been a couple of clashes with players, with Neil Taylor currently out of favour and involved in a bust-up with Guidolin, while Ki Sung-Yeung getting hooked in the 66th minute at St Mary’s saw him throw his toys out of the pram.
Therefore, there’s a fair amount of pressure on the Italian manager as the Swans approach a double header against Manchester City, with Leon Britton calling for players to show more respect to their boss.
“The players speak in the changing room and on the training ground,” he said. “On Sunday, everyone was frustrated with the way we played, and I think Ki will be disappointed.
“We are professional, we have to respect the manager and respect the group of players we’ve got. If there is a problem, like always in football, you deal with it in the changing room.
“As much as there is emotion and frustration running high when you are not performing well and you get brought off, at the same time, you have to remember we are professionals and we have to respect everyone involved in the football club.
“They know that, and I hope that’s the last we see of that. It is down to the manager to deal with it internally when he feels there might be an issue, but as players, we have to respect the whole group.
“It’s an emotional game. We’ve seen it over the years when players react when they come off and they feel maybe they shouldn’t have come off, but I think when things calm down they realise it is probably the wrong thing to do, and those boys will know that.”
Mark Hughes remains as favourite on the Sack Race market, although BetVictor go 13/8 about the Welshman and he’s looks an uncertain favourite considering that Guidolin’s odds have taken a tumble.