LONG ODDS ON MACK-ING A PROFIT ON THAT CRAZY BET

The Football League Paper - - CHRIS DUNLAVY -

FOR a crazy few hours on Thurs­day af­ter­noon, one bookie was of­fer­ing 1,500-1 on Sun­der­land win­ning pro­mo­tion. Any­one who lumped on was swiftly re­warded. As pun­ters ex­ploited the deal, odds col­lapsed, lead­ing to a bizarre sit­u­a­tion in which a £10 bet placed at 1pm could be cashed out for £50 at 4pm. Sadly, I missed this lit­tle racket. Of course, any­one re­sist­ing the temp­ta­tion of an in­stant profit could now be set for a fif­teen grand wind­fall in May. They shouldn’t hold their breath. Vic­tory over Bur­ton last week­end was morale­boost­ing and Chris Cole­man is cer­tainly a coup. Who knows? A bit of new man­ager bounce and they could be mid-ta­ble by January. But, ul­ti­mately, that squad is too weak to com­pete with the best in the di­vi­sion. Money on the Mack­ems go­ing up is money wasted. Sadly, it’s ex­actly the at­ti­tude owner El­lis Short took in the sum­mer!

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