It is a reversal of fortunes that demonstrates the fickleness of football management. When Ole Gunnar Solksjaer waltzed into the Manchester United dressing room on December 18th as caretaker manager, he was confronted with a team that had only won one game in its previous six league outings.
By mid January, Solksjaer was hailed a saviour as United won its next six league games, notching up a memorable away victory over Spurs along the way.
It was the Reds’ best run in the league since May 2009, and the Norwegian was handed the permanent role in March.
Everton Defeat Serves as Wake Up Call
Yesterday, however, after a bruising 4-0 defeat away to Everton – United’s sixth defeat in eight games, and one which prompted an apology to fans from Solksjaer himself – punters have begun piling in on a possible Solksjaer sacking in 2019.
At 12-1, Paddy Power’s newest market for managerial sackings may represent early value as commentators unanimously agree that the Norwegian may lack the requisite experience for the job.
Jermaine Jenas has been the latest pundit to point out that Solksjaer’s permanent appointment was premature and largely driven by emotion and the affection he carried over from his previous contribution to the club as a player. The result has been a clamour on Twitter for bookmakers, notably with Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, to accommodate a new market for a Solksjaer sacking in 2019, barely one month after his having signed a three year permanent contract with the club.
— Niall Crowley (@niallcrowley73) April 21, 2019