BOOKIE’S VIEW: It’s never good for a manager when a chairman backs him

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Well has Alan Irvine received the kiss of death?

His chairman Milan Mandaric has publicly backed him, and we all know what that means in football terms.

Yes, he’s well and truly on death row and the chop appears around the corner. The loss to Leyton Orient on Saturday was pretty dire, and although the players apologised, ultimately the buck stops with the manager.

We still think Irvine will turn things around, but if you want to back him to go this season then you can do so at 5/4.

He’s 4/7 to stay put. A client rang in a few days ago and asked for a price on Gary Megson to be the Wednesday boss at any time this season.

We gave him a price but he hasn’t been back to us yet.

It’s always interesting when people request something like that. Most of the time it’s because they know something that we don’t! Watch this space.

Another manager on the brink is Bradford’s Peter Taylor and Chesterfield could hammer the final nail in his coffin on Saturday. We are 4/6 about the Spireites and that’s a decent bet, as Bradford are all over the place at the moment.

I like the look of Chesterfield. John Sheridan is doing a good job there and I certainly wouldn’t put anyone off backing them for the title.

The Blades have a weekend off and they probably could do with it. The loss to Norwich was a blow, and they are now 5/2 to be relegated and 1/4 to stay up.

We are a stand out price at 5/2 and reason for that is that we think that they won’t go down, and we are happy to lay a bet at that price.

Back to the Owls again.

They have the slightly worrying prospect of entertaining Hereford United in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.

Now this match has a huge banana skin sign over it, and Hereford at 6/1 might appeal to some. Even the 3/1 for the draw looks tasty, and Alan Irvine will not exactly be relishing this. He’s expected to win - anything else and it would be a disaster.