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The punter: Jose is fancied to take Jol's job

By Robert Fenton

Published 26/09/2007

The pressure on Tottenham's Martin Jol continues to build and it seems only a matter of time before he becomes the next Premier League boss to be jobless.

He is running out of games in his bid to satisfy Spurs chairman Daniel Levy who has made several unsuccessful attempts to attract Jose Mourinho to White Hart Lane.

Levy's £10m unsuccessful offer to Mourinho to break his Chelsea pay-off agreement and a salary of £5.2m, shows just how desperate the White Hart Lane chief is to replace Jol.

And replace him he will.

Many punters got their fingers burnt diving in on Jol to be the first to go this season, only to find that Mourinho delivered a knock-out blow to expectations.

The beleaguered Spurs coach is still 10-11 with William Hill to be the next to go and that provides an opportunity to regain losses or make a profit.

Sammy Lee of Bolton is 11-4 second favourite with Derby's Billy Davies 6-1, but the sands of time are shifting under Jol's feet much more quickly.

The axe could come this evening, if Spurs trip up at home to Middlesbrough in the Carling Cup.

The big question then is, who is most likely to succeed the Dutchman?

Mourinho is out of the picture, but the club's former striker and German international Jurgen Klinsmann is quoted at 8-1, although it's likely he'll wait for a bigger club.

Seville's Juande Ramos is the leading fancy at evens and that has been given added strength with Tottenham's sporting director Damien Commoli having made contact with Ramos last weekend when Seville lost at Barcelona.

Next Spurs manager: Evens: J Ramos; 13-2 M Lippi; 8-1 J Klinsmann; 10-1 G Houllier. 12-1 bar.

Arsenal own goal a loser for punter

Arsenal's first goal against Seville in the Champions League last week, was deemed an own-goal by the Press Association, but that was not enough to secure a Lisburn punter a winning bet at odds of 33-1.

He did his £1.50 bet with McLean's bookmakers in Lisburn and thought he was due £51.

Anywhere else and he would have been, but McLean's operate under a different rule.

They are one of the few firms that offer odds on an own-goal, but such does not count with most others who therefore deemed Robin van Persie as the opening goalscorer.

McLean's rules make it clear that such outcomes are determined by the Daily Express and not PA or anyone else.

The newspaper concerned gave the opening goal to Fabregas and the firm correctly settled on that, based on rule 11 which meant that quite a number of customers cashed in.

On the other hand, it was simply hard luck on Charlie from Lisburn and illustrates once again, that different bookmakers have different rules and thus, there will always be losers who thought they were winners and vice-versa.

O'Sullivan's exit may be looming

Ireland's World Cup fate will be known on Sunday in Paris's Parc des Princes Stadium and if, as is expected, it sees elimination at the hands of Argentina, much attention will focus on the fate of coach Eddie O'Sullivan.

Before going to France, Eddie signed a lucrative four-year deal to take Ireland up to the next World Cup.

However, after the 25-3 defeat by the French, punters were sniffing around for a price on O'Sullivan to get the boot before the 2008 Six Nations.

That contract may count for little, if Ireland put in another stinker this weekend.

Morale is low in the Irish camp and that's why the coach is no better than 11-4 with Ladbrokes to be given the push.

Certainly, it's a brave man who would take 1-4 that he's still in charge for the start of the Six Nations.

Former coach Brian Ashton, now trying to revive England's World Cup fortunes, is 7-4 to be ousted by the Twickenham set by next spring, but a win over Tonga on Friday should see him safely ensconced for at least another year.

Belfast Telegraph

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