Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

The Punter: Hodgson deserves to be named top Premier League manager

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson

Irrespective of who wins the Premier League this weekend, surely the manager of the year award has to go to Fulham’s Roy Hodgson.

And if Fulham win the Europa League final, then he must be a certainty ahead of Carlo Ancelotti even if the latter takes the League and FA Cup double.

Ancelotti is 6-4 to win the honour with Sir Alex Ferguson and Hodgson each on 7-4.

Fulham are 7-5 as opposed to 4-6 Atletico Madrid to lift the trophy but then the Cottagers have been underdogs in the last few rounds only to surprise and delight many.

One could do worse than back both Ancelotti and Hodgson for the honour as one or other should oblige.

Hence an even stake on each would return a 25 per cent profit. Ipswich Town’s George Burley in 2000-01 is the only manager to have been honoured and not to have won the Premier League.

Still on managers, Jose Mourinho will be able to pick where he wants to go if Inter Milan defeat Bayern Munich in the Champions’ League decider.

After bringing about the downfall of Barcelona, he is said to be heading for Real Madrid and is as short as 8-11 to start next season at the Bernabeu .

However, the better option is 6-4 with Hill’s that he joins Madrid when he eventually leaves Inter which could be after the start of the 2010-11 season.

Hill’s: Mourinho’s next club: 6-4 Real Madrid; 4-1 Liverpool, Man City; 6-1 Man United; 9-1 Barcelona; 12-1 Arsenal; 20-1 Chelsea.

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