|William Hill Offering 13/8 on Mancini and Balotelli to Both Leave Manchester City This Summer|
Leading UK bookmaker William Hill is offering 13/8 on both Roberto Mancini and Mario Balotelli leaving Manchester City this summer after their title challenge was hit by 1-0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium yesterday.
An 87th minute long range strike from Mikel Arteta sealed the three points for Arsenal and condemned Manchester City to their third game without a win leaving them 8 points behind city rivals Manchester United with just 6 games to go.
Despite Arsenal outplaying Manchester City for large parts of the game, the focus was once again on Balotelli. The controversial striker was lucky to stay on the pitch after he escaped punishment for a horror tackle on Alex Song early on. However, the Italian’s temperament soon cost him and his team as he received a red card after two bookable offences.
The sending off led to Mancini stating he would “probably” sell Balotelli in the summer and that the outrageous striker had played his last game for the club this season.
With the title race almost beyond doubt now, rumours are circulating that Mancini could well be on his way out of the club this summer if he fails to deliver any silverware to the club this season.
William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said “The futures of both Mancini and Balotelli are delicately balanced and quite possibly inextricably linked.”
The bookmaker is offering 5/6 that one of either Balotelli or Mancini will leave before the start of next season and 11/4 that they both end up staying at the Manchester club. They are also offering 5/6 on Mancini still remaining in charge of the club come the first day of next season and 11/10 that Balotelli will still be a Manchester City player come the opening day of next season.
There is also a market at William Hill for the next Manchester City manager available. Jose Mourinho is a clear favourite at 15/8 with his Real Madrid tenure set to end this season. The “Special One” has stated a desire to return to England. Carlo Ancelotti is another candidate listed at 12/1 and former Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard is available at 14/1.
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