Odds shorten on McFarlane

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WITH most Sunderland supporter-punters having made their choice there has been tailing off this week on betting on the football club’s next manager.

Betting, which started on a field of 20 runners a fortnight ago, had today narrowed considerably, and at present the main betting is on eight fancies.

Well out in front is Ian McFarlane, trainer-coach at Middlesbrough, at 6–4. Next come Dave Bowen, Welsh team manager; Laurie McMenemy, Grimsby’s manager; and Bob Stokoe, the Blackpool manager, all backed at 5–1.

The list is completed with Jack Charlton of Leeds, Charlie Hurley, Reading manager, Stan Anderson, Middlesbrough manager, and Billy Bingham, manager of the Greek national team, all at 10–1.

A spokesman for Gus Carter, the Sunderland bookmakers, said today that betting had been quiet this week.

Any punters with their own ideas for the new manager would be offered prices on application.

Asked what odds he would offer on one current suggestion – that Alan Brown might be asked to return – he said the odds would be at least 33–1.

Story taken from the Sunderland Echo on November 17 1972.