The special way to back the Special One

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For anyone who did not back Chelsea to regain the English Premier League title at odds against before the season got under way, there is a way to kind of back the Blues at odds against now that they are dominating the championship race.

Four points clear of surprise package Southampton and eight points ahead of defending champion Manchester City, Chelsea ought to win the English Premier League given its commanding position after 11 rounds during which it has played Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United on the road, accruing eight points from those four matches.

The problem is that Chelsea is trading at odds of -588  with many bookmakers to win the English Premier League, odds that are not of much use to the everyday punter who bets in small amounts.

Paddy Power is just one of the bookmakers that is betting on League Managers Association Manager of the Year Award and it is offering odds of +138  that prize goes to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. According to the League Managers Association Manager of the Year Award market, Mourinho’s biggest rivals are Southampton boss Ronald Koeman and Manchester City chief Manuel Pellegrini, with every other option at double digits.

One was quite surprised when one found the League Managers Association Manager of the Year Award honour list and did not see Mourinho’s name on it. In his first spell as Chelsea coach, which ran from June 2004 to September 2007, Mourinho won two English Premier League titles, two English Carling Cup titles, one English FA Cup title and one English FA Community Shield title yet the League Managers Association overlooked him for David Moyes in 2005, Steve Coppell in 2006 and Coppell again in 2007. Mourinho deserved to receive the League Managers Association Manager of the Year Award in at least one of his two English Premier League title-winning seasons. One thinks that the League Managers Association knows that it has stuffed up in not recognising Mourinho.

Southampton boss Koeman has a chance of landing the League Managers Association Manager of the Year Award, of that one is sure. But Southampton has to maintain the high level at which it has performed in the opening 11 English Premier League rounds for the rest of the 38-round competition and the Saints do not have the opportunity to succeed on the European stage. Also, remember that the League Managers Association overlooked then Crystal Palace chief Tony Pulis last term, honouring Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers even though the Reds choked with their first English Premier League title in sight. Pulis should have won last season’s League Managers Association Manager of the Year Award in a canter. That has to be a concern for Koeman supporters.

Mourinho should be odds on to receive the League Managers Association Manager of the Year Award in light of how the English Premier League ladder looks going into the latest international break. That Mourinho’s name is missing from a list that features Moyes three times, Coppell twice and Frank Clark is a disgrace. Yes, Mourinho is not everyone’s favourite person but he is a fabulous football manager who has won seven domestic league titles and the UEFA Champions League with two teams, one of which was Porto. Mourinho will go down in history as one of the greatest coaches of the modern era because, like it or not, he is the Special One.

All it will take is a bad result or two for Southampton – three of its next four English Premier League matches are against Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United – and the odds-against prices available about Mourinho collecting the League Managers Association Manager of the Year Award will disappear into thin air. Log on to Paddy Power’s website before its odds of +138  become ancient history.

Tips Summary

Jose Mourinho to win the LMA Manager of the Year award.
May 2015
Odds:  +138
Where to Bet: Paddy Power