The race to the empty Portsmouth director’s market has offered intriguing reading within the last week or so and above #13 million was traded on Betfair. Frenchman Alain Perrin was sacked on 24 November after directing the club to the Premiership relegation zone with no home win all season.
Perrin had just been manager since April 2005 but had won only four games from 21.
Neil Warnock was the first supervisor from the framework and excited punters backed him to 1.20 (1/5). Warnock was set to hold talks with Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric till he chose to stay in Brammall Lane about 1 December. His Premiership dream may yet come true as The Blades are still sitting in one of their automatic advertising positions at the Championship ufabet.
Harry Redknapp, who left Portsmouth for bitter rivals Southampton, disclosed in a crunch meeting with Saints chairman Rupert Lowe that he’d always felt comfortable in Portsmouth after he had been denied permission to talk to his former companies about a potential return. Redknapp’s position became untenable and then he walked away in the club he joined only 12 weeks ago.
Over #11 million has been traded Redknapp, with punters keen to”purchase money” endorsed him at odds as low as 1.01 (1/100) though a few wise players were able to receive a couple pounds on him at odds as big as 59/1 before, developing a no-lose betting scenario.
But, there was another twist in this narrative. Mandaric refused to cover Southampton the 220,000 settlement they needed – the rest of Redknapp’s contract, because the former West Ham manager was technically under contract, leaving him in limbo.
Mandaric has expressed interest in different supervisors, together with Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez, under-pressure Rangers manager Alex McLeish and former Hearts manager George Burley all at the framework.
Despite this and many claims in the media that Redknapp does not have any possibility of a sudden return to Fratton Park, he’s still trading as much as 1.30 (3/10).