Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has trouble with third seasons. The standard pattern is that he arrives at a club, wins everything, then at some point in season 3 his methods begin to grate on his players, the club’s supporters and the media. He may not have won the league with Manchester United, but otherwise the pattern seems to be holding.
However, the recent draw at his old club Chelsea may have bought Mourinho a little time. Last week Unibet were quoting odds of 3/5 on Mourinho being the next Premier League manager to be sacked. Those odds have now lengthened to 5/2.
Bookies still have Mourinho as favourite for the first manager to face the chop for the 2018/2019 season, but Fulham coach Slavisa Jokanovic is quickly closing the distance. Jokanovic is now at 11/4 with William Hill while Paddy Power and Unibet now have him as joint favourite at 5/2.
£100 Million Freefall
Following Fulham’s heavy loss in Cardiff on Saturday, the Guardian described the Cottagers as “in freefall”. Last season Fulham secured promotion to the Premier League with a positive, attacking style of football which won them the regard of neutrals. Since then the team has spent £100 million on reinforcements.
However, they have won only once in the first 9 games of the season and, unless they quickly fix the problems in defence, they are on course to concede 100 goals this season.
Manchester United are currently 10th place in the league table, with Fulham 18th. Just below them are Huddersfield. Despite his team’s poor performances this year, Huddersfield boss David Wagner remains a 20/1 outsider for the chop with William Hill. Lingering good will for Wagner from his team’s unlikely and heroic ascension to Premier League status appear to be keeping him safe.
For now, at least.