Bookies £50m relief as England crash out
BOOKMAKERS have been saved from a potential £50million+ payout by England's humiliating exit from the World Cup. And William Hill, who made Fabio 7/4 to be gone by midnight after the match, are already betting on Capello's successor, and make Harry Redknapp 7/4 favourite.
'We go 1/3 that the next England manager will be English' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.'At least, if he isn't let's hope he can speak English.'
'William Hill alone would have been at least £7m worse off as a result of England winning the World Cup. It was the result we feared, but it now appears that patriotic punters fell for Fabio Capello's unfounded optimism that England would somehow produce form they had never showed at any other time and manage to win the World Cup.
'As a result the bookmaking industry was staring down the barrel of its biggest payout ever of over £50m' said William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe.
'Even the disallowed goal now looks like a hollow excuse after England's abject collapse in the second half and we are now optimistic that Fabio will have the decency to quit'
Hills are 5/4 that Capello is gone by the end of the World Cup.
Hills offer 1/3 the next manager will be English, 9/4 that he is not.
Next permanent England Manager
Sam Allardyce ...12/1
Steve Bruce.. 16/1
Others on request.