Bookies Spreading Rumours

Last updated : 10 February 2006 By Footy Mad - Editor
The former England boss was the subject of a huge gamble across the country on Thursday which forced bookmakers to cut his odds from 40/1 to 3/1.

Sam Allardyce remains the favourite for the job with a number of top names such as Martin O'Neill and Ottmar Hitzfeld also being mentioned as potential candidates.

But O'Neill and Hitzfeld are both apparently fighting it out for the England job, and O'Neill (who has been very quiet when asked about replacing Souness at St James' Park) has made it known he WOULD take the England position if it was offered.

The Irishman insisted he was "British", and the job should have a British manager.

Meanwhile Wigan manager Paul Jewell has admitted he could leave the club for a bigger job if it became available. Jewell has recently been linked with the Newcastle United and England vacancies, and turned down the Toon job saying he wasn't interested.  
Jewell told the Manchester Evening News: "I am ambitious and I am happy here at Wigan - but I would like at some stage in my career to manage a team that wins something. That team could well be Wigan in the Carling Cup final, who knows?

"I don't know just how far Wigan can go, these are fantastic times for everyone associated with the club."
Jewell is this season's "flash in the pan". Do we really need a grafter who knows more about relegation than winning cups? Bolton insist Allardyce will only leave the Reebok for the England job, and Hoddle is struggling to get Wolves into the Premiership.
Nothing is going to be decided until the end of the season ... so keep your dosh in your pocket and don't feed the bookies, who are spreading rumours and raking it in at the moment.