Victor Chandler column: New favourite for Lane job

Chris Morgan replaced Danny Wilson as boss in April but failed to lead United to promotion.
Chris Morgan replaced Danny Wilson as boss in April but failed to lead United to promotion.
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chris Morgan is 2/1 (from 13/8) favourite at BetVictor to be the next permanent manager of Sheffield United which I must say I was surprised about when I checked/double checked the market earlier in the week.

Former Millwall manager Kenny Jackett has been well supported in the market for Wolves (3/1) but at the time of writing former Bolton boss Owen Coyle looks in pole position for Molineux having been backed into 4/6 for the Wolves hot-seat.

Jackett is 4/1 (from 6s) to take over at Bramall Lane with Robert Page, currently youth team coach at Port Vale, the market mover in recent days having been backed from 33s into 8/1. Wally Downes is also 8s, Gareth Southgate 10s, Karl Robinson 16s and 20/1 Bar; the Sheffield United board cannot be accused of making a hasty decision that’s for sure.

We have prices on the Blades finishing above Rotherham United next season in League 1 and bet ½ for the Blades and 6/4 the Millers finish on top; back in the Championship Wednesday remain our 5/4 favourites to top the south Yorkshire mini-league for 2013/14 with Barnsley and Doncaster Rovers 2s.

The emergence of Sheffield and Yorkshire batsman Joe Root in the last 12 months has been a massive boost for English cricket and, having been the leading run-scorer in the 2-0 series win over New Zealand, he is 11/2 to be the top England run-scorer in the Ashes series. England coach Andy Flower and skipper Alastair Cook have a big decision to make; do they persevere with Nick Compton at the top of the innings and bat Root at 6 (assuming Kevin Pietersen is fit) or do they promote Root (or Jonathan Trott?) to open the batting and play Jonny Bairstow at six? Whatever the outcome the outstanding Root is too big at 11/2 to score more runs than any of his teammates.

Ahead of the Ashes the Champions’ Trophy starts next week with South Africa 7/2 favourites from England and Australia at 4/1.

The Epsom Derby is the most famous flat race in the world and this year we have a very short priced favourite in the brilliant unbeaten Dawn Approach, but we aren’t convinced the favourite will stay the mile-and-a-half trip and will refund all losses on the race up to a maximum of £50 as a free bet if Dawn Approach (11/10) wins the race.

*Check out the latest odds on betvictor.com