Jose Mourinho has been sacked by Man United after Sunday’s 3-1 Premier League defeat to Liverpool and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is 16/1 to replace him.
A statement issued by the Old Trafford side, read: “Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect. The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future.
“A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager.”
While Liverpool fans will be celebrating their club ending Mourinho’s time at United and revelling in the emphatic victory, Celtic fans will be wondering how much the bookies have been drinking to even consider placing odds on Rodgers leaving Celtic for United.
With Rodgers eyeing up a treble-treble this season with the Scottish champions and a glamour tie against Valencia in the Europa League, there is no chance in hell that the Northern Irishman would consider leaving Celtic half way through the season – but that hasn’t stopped some bookies offering odds on Rodgers leaving for Old Trafford.
Only last month, Rodgers rubbished reports of him leaving the Glasgow side, saying: “I love my life here at Celtic as the manager. There are always challenges as the manager at such a big club with the standards that we have set over the first couple of seasons.
“But despite all reports and everything out there, there’s talk of ultimatums with the board, I don’t work that way. My communication is very open, so that is certainly not the case. I read somewhere else about walking away. I have three years left on my contract.
“I love every day of my life here at Celtic, all I ever want is for us throughout the club and every aspect to improve and get better. That I’m sure is the same ambition of everyone at the club.”
Michael Carrick will take charge of the team for this weekend before a caretaker manager is appointed until the end of the season. Both Zinedine Zidane and Mauricio Pochettino have been linked heavily with the job on a permanent basis. Former Celtic and Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is 50/1 to replace his 2003 UEFA Cup Final foe.
United currently sit sixth in the Premier League, 19 points behind English Premier League leaders Liverpool.
As for the bookies even offering odds on Rodgers – time to lay off the eggnog lads!