Bookies react to Nigel Adkins’ appointment at Sheffield United

Sheffield United boss Nigel Adkins
Sheffield United boss Nigel Adkins

Last week, Sheffield United were installed as favourites for next season’s League One title in the early betting.

But the appointment of Nigel Adkins as manager has seen the Blades’ position at the head of the market strengthen.

William Hill reacted to the former Southampton boss’s arrival at Bramall Lane by cutting United from 7/1 to 11/2 to be crowned champions next term, although at betway, traders were a touch less jumpy, only reducing the Blades to 13/2.

It’s a similar story in the promotion betting, where Stan James have trimmed Adkins to 7/4 from 2/1 to steer United into the Championship while BetVictor now make United 3/1 to improve on last season’s fifth spot by finishing in the top two.


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Bookies have also maintained their confidence that United will at least make the play-offs again, Skybet rating them at an odds-on 4/5 and it’s 33/1 (bet365) for the Blades to be relegated.

Although if they’re toiling at the wrong end of the table for long enough - as David Weir found out - Adkins is unlikely to stay in his post.

United are some way out in front in the title betting following the change at the helm, with Wigan tipped to be their nearest rivals at 8/1 courtesy of

William Hill rate Millwall at 12/1 to clinch first place and bet365 quote Peterborough at 16/1.

Closer to home, Barnsley are 16/1 chances at Ladbrokes to be table toppers next May and bet365 chalk Doncaster up at a slightly heftier 20/1.

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