Will Swan Have Liverpool Singing Songs? 1/2 To Finish Higher Than Last Season.

Liverpool’s long and protracted search for a manager finally came to an end as Brendan Rodgers was named as Kenny Dalglish’s successor and William Hill think that he will fare better than Roy Hodgson by at least finishing a season, offered at 1/4 (11/4 he is given the chop before then). At least he does not have too much to better as Liverpool slumped to eighth position and Hills offer 1/2 that they finish seventh or better. He is 12/1 to win the LMA Manager of the Year.

“Rodgers found a winning formula while in South Wales and it could be argued that he has better players at his disposal,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly. “Liverpool fans could be forgiven for getting excited about this appointment.”

Rodgers and his Swansea side last season defied pre-season predictions that they would be relegated and did so with a formula of patient, passing build up and Hills have opened a market on some of his former players joining him at Anfield. Gylfi Sigurdsson is 9/4 to join the Reds, while Scott Sinclair is 7/2. Leon Brtton and Ashley Williams are both 6/1 and Danny Graham is 7/1.

Rodgers will leave a very big hole in South Wales and William Hill make Ian Holloway the Even money favourite to replace him with Gus Poyet 2/1.

Paul Lambert looks like he could be on his way out of Carrow Road although the fact that his resignation has been rejected has muddied the waters somewhat. As things stand, Chris Hughton is the 5/4 favourite with Malky Mackay 2/1 and Steve Bruce 7/2.

Brendan Rodgers to last the season: 1/4 yes; 11/4 no

Will Liverpool finish higher or lower than they did in 2011/12: 1/2 finish higher; 13/8 finish lower; 8/1 finish eighth

Who will sign for Liverpool:
G. Sigurdsson: 1/3 no; 9/4 yes
S. Sinclair: 1/6 no; 7/2 yes
L. Britton: 1/12 no; 6/1 yes
A. Williams: 1/12 no; 6/1 yes
D. Graham: 1/16 no; 7/1 yes

Next permanent Swansea manager: 1/1 Ian Holloway; 2/1 Gus Poyet; 5/1 Dave Jones; 12/1 Alan Curbishley; 14/1 Chris Hughton; 14/1 Colin Pascoe; 14/1 Lee Clark; 16/1 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer; 16/1 Michael Laudrup; 16/1 Roberto Martinez; 16/1 Steve Bruce; 16/1 Alan Curtis; 20/1 BAR

Next permanent Norwich manager: 5/4 Chris Hughton; 2/1 Malky Mackay; 7/2 Steve Bruce; 10/1 Alan Curbishley; 10/1 Ian Culverhouse; 11/1 Gus Poyet; 11/1 Roberto Martinez; 11/1 Lee Clark; 12/1 Ole Gunnar Solksjaer; 14/1 Gianfranco Zola; 14/1 Ian Holloway; 16/1 Mick McCarthy; 20/1 BAR

Joe Crilly
Press Officer
Twitter: @footy_joe

T: 0208 918 3746
M: 07850 518 164
E: jcrilly@williamhill.co.uk

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Championship Sack Race Hots Up: Sven Odds On To Go Before Mclaren

With the Championship season set to kick off this weekend, Hills are offering a brand new market on the Manager Sack Race. The Championship is home to a number of high profile managers this year and the market is expected to be incredibly competitive with Coventry manager, Andy Thorn, the 6/1 favourite to be the first manager to leave his club. Keith Millen and Sean Dyche round off the top three at 7/1. With two former England managers plying their trade in the division, Hills offer 14/1 that Steve McLaren is the first manager to go, while Sven Goran Eriksson is 16/1 although Sven is 8/11 to be out of a job before the Wally with the Brolly.

“This year’s Championship is expected to be one of the closest ever with a number of high profile managers in charge of high profile clubs. Not all of them will be able to live up to expectations and the managers’ sack race could potentially be quite a volatile market,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

First Championship manager to leave his job: 6/1 Andy Thorn; 7/1 Keith Millen; 7/1 Sean Dyche; 8/1 Nigel Clough; 9/1 Chris Hughton; 9/1 Ian Holloway; 10/1 Sean O’Driscoll; 10/1 Steve Cotterill; 12/1 Tony Mowbray; 14/1 Steve McLaren; 16/1 Darren Ferguson; 16/1 Sven Goran Eriksson; 16/1 Simon Grayson; 16/1 Dougie Freedman; 16/1 Eddie Howe; 16/1 Paul Jewell; 20/1 Nigel Pearson; 20/1 Brian McDermott; 20/1 Keith Hill; 20/1 Nigel Adkins; 20/1 Sam Allardyce; 20/1 Gus Poyet; 20/1 Kenny Jackett; 20/1 Malky Mackay

Match Bets
11/8 Hull; 2/1 Blackpool; 11/5 Draw (Friday night)
10/11 Brighton; 16/5 Doncaster; 23/10 Draw
6/4 Bristol City; 2/1 Ipswich; 2/1 Draw
21/20 Burnley; 13/5 Watford; 23/10 Draw
13/5 Coventry; 11/10 Leicester; 11/5 Draw
9/5 Derby; 8/5 Birmingham; 21/10 Draw
11/10 Middlesbrough; 13/5 Portsmouth; 11/5 Draw
7/10 Nottingham Forest; 9/2 Barnsley; 9/4 Draw
13/10 Peterborough; 21/10 Crystal Palace; 9/4 Draw
19/20 Reading; 16/5 Millwall; 11/5 Draw
13/10 Southampton; 11/5 Leeds; 11/5 Draw
5/6 West Ham; 7/2 Cardiff; 23/10 Draw

Championship Outright: 5/1 Leicester; 5/1 West Ham; 16/1 Nottingham Forest; 18/1 Reading; 18/1 Middlesbrough; 20/1 Southampton; 22/1 Cardiff; 22/1 Blackpool; 22/1 Ipswich; 22/1 Birmingham; 22/1 Leeds; 22/1 Brighton; 30/1 Hull; 33/1 Burnley; 45/1 Portsmouth; 55/1 Derby; 70/1 Bristol City; 70/1 Millwall; 110/1 Watford; 110/1 Crystal Palace; 150/1 Peterborough; 150/1 Coventry; 200/1 Barnsley; 250/1 Doncaster

Promotion: 11/8 Leicester; 11/8 West Ham; 11/4 Birmingham; 7/2 Ipswich; 4/1 Nottingham Forest; 4/1 Reading; 9/2 Middlesbrough; 5/1 Cardiff; 5/1 Burnley; 5/1 Leeds; 5/1 Southampton; 6/1 Blackpool; 6/1 Hull; 6/1 Brighton; 10/1 Portsmouth; 12/1 Milwall; 12/1 Bristol City; 16/1 Derby; 20/1 Watford; 20/1 Peterborough; 20/1 Coventry; 33/1 Crystal Palace; 40/1 Barnsley; 40/1 Doncaster

Top Scorer: 9/1 Frederic Piquionne; 10/1 David Nugent; 10/1 Shane Long; 10/1 Nicky Maynard; 12/1 Marlon King; 14/1 Michael Chopra; 14/1 Rob Earnshaw; 14/1 Kevin Nolan; 16/1 Craig MacKail-Smith; 16/1 Nikola Zigic; 16/1 Kenny Miller; 20/1 Adam Rooney; 20/1 Billy Sharp; 20/1 Dave Kitson; 20/1 Dexter Blackstock; 20/1 Jason Scotland; 20/1 Jon Stead; 20/1 Martin Paterson; 20/1 Rickie Lambert; 20/1 Ross McCormack; 20/1 Scott McDonald; 20/1 Simon Church; 25/1 BAR

Relegation: 13/8 Barnsley; 13/8 Doncaster; 7/4 Coventry; 9/4 Crystal Palace; 9/4 Watfor; 5/2 Peterborough; 7/2 Portsmouth; 4/1 Derby; 9/2 Millwall; 5/1 Birmingham; 11/2 Bristol City; 9/1 Brighton; 12/1 Burnley; 12/1 Blackpool; 12/1 Cardiff; 14/1 Southampton; 16/1 Ipswich; 16/1 Hull; 16/1 Leeds; 16/1 Middlesbrough; 25/1 Nottingham Forest; 25/1 Reading; 33/1 Leicester; 40/1 West Ham

Highest Scoring Match:
11/2 Peterborough/Crystal Palace
6/1 Burnley/Watford
13/2 Brighton/Doncaster
13/2 Southampton/Leeds
13/2 West Ham Utd/Cardiff
7/1 Hull/Blackpool (Friday night)
8/1 Nottingham Forest/Barnsley
8/1 Bristol City/Ipswich
8/1 Coventry/Leicester
9/1 Derby/Birmingham
9/1 Middlesbrough/Portsmouth
9/1 Reading/Millwall

Highest Scoring Team: 9/1 Burnley; 9/1 Nottingham Forest; 9/1 Peterborough; 9/1 Brighton; 9/1 West Ham; 10/1 Reading; 11/1 Leicester; 12/1 Hull; 14/1 Middlesbrough; 14/1 Bristol City; 14/1 Southampton; 16/1 Derby; 16/1 Crystal Palace; 20/1 Ipswich; 20/1 Blackpool; 20/1 Birmingham; 22/1 Watford; 25/1 Doncaster; 28/1 Portsmouth; 28/1 Coventry; 28/1 Leeds; 28/1 Cardiff; 50/1 Millwall; 50/1 Barnsley
*Dead Heat Rules Apply

Fastest Scoring Team: 12/1 Burnley; 12/1 Nottingham Forest; 12/1 Peterborough; 12/1 Brighton; 12/1 West Ham; 14/1 Reading; 14/1 Leicester; 14/1 Hull; 14/1 Middlesbrough; 14/1 Bristol City; 14/1 Derby; 16/1 Southampton; 16/1 Crystal Palace; 16/1 Ipswich; 16/1 Blackpool; 16/1 Birmingham; 18/1 Watford; 18/1 Doncaster; 20/1 Portsmouth; 20/1 Coventry; 20/1 Leeds; 25/1 Cardiff; 25/1 Millwall; 25/1 Barnsley

Total red cards: 7/1 none; 9/4 one; 15/8 two; 10/3 three; 11/2 four or more

Premier League promoted teams relegated: 7/1 none; 7/4 one; 6/5 two; 9/2 three

Championship promoted teams relegated: 1/4 none; 11/4 one; 16/1 two; 250/1 three

Joe Crilly
Press Officer

T: 0208 918 3746
M: 07850 518 164
E: jcrilly@williamhill.co.uk

William Hill Press Office; Greenside House; 50 Station Road; Wood Green; London; N22 7TP

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