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Stuart Dalgleish 15th Jun 2011 - 19:56

Ardley a surprise as girl power tips Neal for Cardiff

WILLIAM HILL have taken a string of bets from female punters in different parts of north London - all backing the club's Youth Academy coach Neal Ardley to be appointed their next manager.

Hills slashed Ardley's odds from 40/1 to 8/1 this evening as cash came in for him.

'This was an interesting gamble from two different angles - firstly, virtually all of the initial bets for him were placed by female customers, and, secondly, the bets were placed either in North London betting shops, or by online clients with North London addresses - an area which would seem at first glance to have little connection to Cardiff - but experience has taught us that people will often try to throw us off the scent of a gamble by placing the bets in unexpected places at unexpected times and in unexpected amounts!' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

'The bets were for an average of around £40, ranging from £10 to three figures'

Next Cardiff manager 1/3 Malky Mackay; 9/2 Chris Hughton; 7/1 Mark Robins; 8/1 Neal Ardley; 9/1 Roberto di Matteo.Others on request.

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