Football By Joe Crilly

Pearson Punt Sees Odds For Sunderland Slashed

Nigel Pearson’s odds of taking the managerial reins at Sunderland have tumbled from an initial 16/1 at William Hill on Sunday to 2/1 with bets of up to £300 being placed on Tuesday.


Sam Allardyce is the 6/5 favourite to be named as the next Sunderland boss although Pearson is closing the gap behind him.


“Nigel Pearson performed minor miracles in keeping Leicester in the Premier League at the end of last season and a similar performance will be needed on Wearside to keep Sunderland up,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.


Jurgen Klopp is 1/16 to be named as the next Liverpool manager with an announcement expected later this week.


Next permanent Liverpool manager: 1/16 Jurgen Klopp; 7/1 Carlo Ancelotti; 20/1 Frank de Boer; 20/1 Jurgen Klinsmann; 25/1 BAR


Next permanent Sunderland manager: 6/5 Sam Allardyce; 2/1 Nigel Pearson; 10/1 Robbie Stockdale; 10/1 Sean Dyche; 14/1 Walter Mazzarri; 16/1 Brendan Rodgers; 16/1 David Moyes; 20/1 BAR


Next Premier league manager to leave: 15/8 Jose Mourinho; 2/1 Steve McClaren; 6/1 Tim Sherwood; 16/1 Quique Flores; 16/1 Ronald Koeman; 20/1 BAR