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Betting suspended on John Hughes taking over at Dundee United

| 08.10.2015

Scottish Premiership sponsors Ladbrokes have suspended betting on the next Dundee United manager after a raft of bets saw odds slashed on Inverness manager John Hughes.

The Caley Thistle boss started the day as a 25/1 outsider, with Tommy Wright (Evens), Mixu Paatelainen (7/4) and Alan Irvine (12/1) heading the betting, but after a string of bets the price was slashed to 10/1, then 4/1 and then 10/11 before betting was suspended with the price at 4/6.

Hughes has overseen a successful period at Caledonian Stadium, with the Jags finishing third in the top flight last year and claiming a first ever Scottish Cup triumph.

The former Falkirk, Celtic and Hibs man cut his managerial teeth with the Bairns, before enjoying spells at Hibs, Livingston and Hartlepool south of the border before returning to Scotland in his current role.

Caley endured a tough start to the season, going without a win for the opening five games, but they have turned a corner of late, going unbeaten in five and winning three of their last four to sit just four points outside the top three.

Given the current plight of both clubs it might seem to some that a move to Dundee United would represent something of a backwards – if not a sideways step – for the 51-year-old but the slew of bets placed this afternoons suggests the lure of Tannadice Park is just too big to ignore.

Ladbrokes’ SPFL Media and Sponsorship Manager David Macdonald said: “The early money had been for Tommy Wright but in next to no time there’s been a flurry of support for John Hughes.

“He’s been supported at all prices down from 25/1 so we’ve decided to take a breather and wait for this one to settle down.”

Dundee United, with just one win from 10 games this season, will attempt to stop the rot at home to Hearts when the league reconvenes.

Odds of 19/10 suggest their misery will continue but should Hughes arrive in time for the visit of the Jambos those odds could soon disappear.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.