Fergie To Be Sacked? United Relegated? This City Fan Thinks So…

By on August 12, 2011

After a long, not so hot ‘Summer’ break, the Premier League season is inching closer to its return, and there’s no better place to take the pulse ahead of the new season than the local bookmakers. The off season has given the equestrian fanatics and A.P. McCoy worshippers the chance to bet twenty pence each way on the 2.50 at Newmarket in peace, but now it’s time to get back down to the bookies again and start playing high stakes with your wages or student loan.

Leaving the girlfriend to her beauty sleep (not that she needs any she hastens me to add), I sneak off early on Saturday morning to the absurdly well lit Ladbrokes. The Ladbrokes ‘stores’ as they prefer to call them these days, seem to get brighter and whiter every year. I’m convinced it’s a tactic to disorientate the mind of the gambler, but that’s perhaps a conspiracy too far, although, it does help to line up your excuses for when you almost inevitably end up going home with less money in your pocket than when you arrived.

However, by now, as an experienced loser and having quickly ran out of excuses for failure, I have my bets well and truly prepared before Ladbrokes have the chance to dazzle me like a rabbit caught on a country road.

I run the rule over the Community Shield odds whilst chatting to a Man City fan whose stood so close to me that his oversize gut is almost kissing my t-shirt. I take a step back, already knowing, despite being an Everton fan, and being stood with a huge, burly City fan, I’ll be putting my money on United today. It pains me to cheer on United, it really does, but at 13/10 it would be an insult if someone didn’t make some serious money out of these uncharacteristically generous odds. However, someone like me, with no money, could only afford to put £13 on and a few hours later, fill my pockets with £23. It was like buying money, although it didn’t feel like that when City lucked to 2-0 up at half time. Still, could be worse, as I discovered when the City fan I couldn’t shake off began telling me all about his bets for the coming season.

Fan Backs Crazy Bet

‘Fergie to be sacked first and United to be relegated, same bet every year, mate’ he booms, causing the young lads on the fruit machines to snigger. ‘I was at Old Trafford in ’74 when Dennis Law put them down’ he continues in a thick Brummy accent, referring to the sublime backheel Dennis Law scored for Man City in his last ever professional game and sending the side he is better remembered playing for, Manchester United, crashing out of the top division just six years after he had helped them conquer Europe.

Out of interest, I cast my eye over the odds of Fergie not only getting the boot, which seems suspect enough, but getting sacked before the likes of Neil Warnock at QPR and Alan Pardew at trigger happy Newcastle. Clear as day however on the Ladbrokes managerial odds under ‘First Premier League sacking’ reads ‘Sir Alex Ferguson 16/1’. For genuine value and viability, this is Ladbrokes at its stingy, low risk worst, a bet that the ragged copy of The Sun in the corner would call a ‘Donut’. I urge the City fan that, as much as I’d love for his greatest wish to come true, it wasn’t going to happen and that he was wasting his money. But the man was not for turning, and I grimace with genuine pain as he hands £20 to the cashier.

Later, I try to work out the total in winnings our optimistic friend will be due should the unthinkable actually come true, passing the bookies I wander in and ask a new cashier who is on duty what the odds are of Manchester United being relegated ‘Sorry, are you serious?’ he replies, giving me the same bemused look I gave the City fan. ‘Do you even watch football?’ he continues. I’m sure plenty of people will be asking a certain City fan that question over the coming season.

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8 Comments

  1. Jack

    August 12, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    the dennis law back heel didnt send man utd down as other results would of sent them down anyway.

    • Kev

      August 12, 2011 at 3:34 pm

      Dennis looked as happy as tevez, ballotelli, Milner and yaya toure in their city shirts when he scored that goal.

  2. sal

    August 12, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    This is why man city fans are known as ‘the bitters’. Because their jealousy and obsession with man united comes before their support for their club. This city fan, his name wasn’t Bertie Magoo by any chance was it?

  3. MUFC

    August 12, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Nothing unusual there, he sounds like every City fan I’ve ever met

    • Kev

      August 12, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      Ha ha ha. Now the nation will know what idiots they are rather than just man utd fans.
      Remember when “kinky” was better than cantona , and coton better than schmeichel.
      My aching sides.

  4. Kev

    August 12, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    City are nothin but a negative for Manchester.
    They sign players that go for the money, realise city r a joke, and then slate Manchester.
    Tevez is a prime example. The idiot lived in Manchester for 2 years b4 joining city. If he didn’t like Manchester, why did ugly ape join city?
    Their fans are worse. With their kaka tattoos and blue Rooney shirts. Total idiots.
    Aguero will be at it next. Mark my words.

  5. Jack Searson

    August 12, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    that is stupid idea not allowed say that
    he still 25 years in charge at Manchester
    United

  6. Jack Searson

    August 12, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    I dont really trust city fans

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