New kids on the rugby league block, Sporting Index, have priced up a market for the ‘first Super League head coach to leave his position’, with Lee Radford and Simon Woolford 4/1 joint favourites.
The firm are better known for spread betting but now have a fixed odds site and are aiming to be big players in rugby league betting when the season kicks off at the end of this month.
The market isn’t necessarily the first coach to be sacked – they could offered a job elsewhere, for example.
Hull boss Radford and Giants coach Woolford both had nightmare ends to 2019. FC went from a battle for second place to missing the play offs altogether, whilst Huddersfield’s Super League survival was only secured after the last round of fixtures.
Next in the betting at 5/1 is Leeds’ Richard Agar. The Rhinos were quick to dismiss former boss Dave Furner following a poor start to last season, and this is has likely had some effect on this year’s odds.
Next up is Chris Chester from Wakefield at 6/1, with Catalans’ Steve McNamara just behind at 7/1.
It could be said a Cup run helped save Steve Price last year and he may have backers at 8/1 given their tough start to the season, while you would have to feel that only the offer of the England job could see Daryl Powell leave Castleford early at 10/1.
Two managers who ended the season well are next. Tony Smith, who helped keep Hull KR up, is 12/1 while Ian Watson, who guided his Salford side all the way to Old Trafford is 16/1. The big clubs could well come calling for Watson, but that would mean someone else leaving first.
Finally, there are three outsiders at 20/1, in the shape of the experience Brian McDermott from Toronto, Wigan boss Adrian Lam and St Helens’ successor to Justin Holbrook, Kristian Woolf.
Sporting Index odds for ‘First Super League coach to leave their club’:
4/1 – Lee Radford (Hull FC)
4/1 – Simon Woolford (Huddersfield)
5/1 – Richard Agar (Leeds)
6/1 – Chris Chester (Wakefield)
7/1 – Steve McNamara (Catalans)
8/1 – Steve Price (Warrington)
10/1 – Daryl Powell (Castleford)
12/1 – Tony Smith (Hull KR)
16/1 – Ian Watson (Salford)
20/1 – Brian McDermott (Toronto)
20/1 – Adrian Lam (Wigan)
20/1 – Kristian Woolf (St Helens)
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