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Bookmakers close markets on Conte’s sacking at Chelsea

Fri, Oct 14, 3:51pm by Staff Writer

The writing seems to be on the wall for Antonio Conte after betting was suspended on the Italian being the next Premier League boss to be sacked. The Chelsea head coach guided Italy to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 in the European summer but has failed to deliver recently for the London club.

Just a week after compatriot Francesco Guidolin became the first top-flight manager to lose his job at Swansea City, the spotlight has been well and truly turned up on Conte. A surprise surge in bets on Conte to be the next man to be chopped has seen bookmakers take action.

Sportsbet have shortened every option to unbackable $1.005 in response to the rumours.

A Betway spokesman in the UK said.

“Our traders are on red alert after a flurry of telling bets on Antonio Conte being the next Premier League manager to leave their post were placed this afternoon. Chelsea have privately insisted that there is no truth in the speculation.

“We’ve now suspended betting on Conte getting the sack.”

Chelsea have picked up just four points from a potential 12 in their last four matches, which included defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal. This all comes after opening the season with a run of three consecutive victories.

Chelsea are currently seventh on the Premier League table and host champions Leicester City this weekend. Interestingly, they faced the same opponents in Jose Mourinho’s last game before being sacked last December.

The Premier League is without doubt the most cut-throat league for coaches in the world. On average the tenure of a manager in the England’s top flight is just 1.8 years.

The pattern is a familiar one. A Premier League club struggles for form at the beginning of the season, becomes stuck in a relegation quagmire or in Chelsea’s case, they are not challenging for a title and the coach is sacked by Christmas.

Last season, a total of 11 managers were shown the door, that’s a percentage of over 50% who didn’t last the season. In an industry where longevity is the rarest of commodities Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger continues to buck the trend, remaining the longest serving manager across all divisions, he’s now spent almost 20 years in North London.

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