Worthy lags behind in 'sack race'

PUBLISHED: 15:12 23 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:40 14 September 2010

He may still have to win over some of his own club's supporters, but Nigel Worthington seems to have convinced the bookies that he has ridden out another storm at Carrow Road.

He may still have to win over some of his own club's supporters, but Nigel Worthington seems to have convinced the bookies that he has ridden out another storm at Carrow Road.

When the season kicked off last month Worthington was rated as fourth favourite, among Championship managers, to get the sack.

But the Canaries have done enough since opening the season with a defeat at Leeds for Sky Bet to increase the odds on Worthy being the next boss to leave from 6/1 to a joint-ninth 20/1.

Leeds boss Kevin Blackwell justified his August favourite's position this week by getting sacked this week, though he was only the third to go after West Brom's Bryan Robson and QPR's Gary Waddock.

Sky Bet's new favourites to become next to go are Burnley's Steve Cotterill (3/8) and Hull City's Phil Parkinson (10/1), though both are more to move to enhance their careers than because they are no longer wanted. Ipswich's rookie boss Jim Magilton has leapfrogged Worthington into fifth place on 14/1.

The betting saddened the League Managers Association, though not as much as the dismissal of three Championship bosses in a single September week.

“Our view is that some clubs seem to be making some very premature judgements by getting rid of managers so early in the season,” said LMA vice president Frank Clark.

“Betting on who is next to go is a recent development and not one that we welcome, but we appreciate that the country seems to be in the grip of bettering fever at the moment.

“The swing in Nigel Worthington's odds only prove how ridiculous and fickle the whole thing is.”

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