AN INDUSTRY-LEADING website which compares betting odds claims that more than 90 per cent of bets on the Wales job today have been placed on Des Buckingham.

Oxford United’s head coach has found himself among the bookmakers’ favourites to replace Rob Page, although this newspaper has been told that Buckingham remains at United’s pre-season training camp in Spain.

According to Oddschecker, Buckingham was as large as 5/1 this morning, but is now the odds-on favourite to be Page’s successor, after he was sacked last month.

Those odds translate to an increase in implied probability from 16.7 per cent to a 50 per cent chance that Buckingham is named as the new Wales boss, in the eyes of the bookies.

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As of 2.30pm this afternoon, of all the bets placed today through Oddschecker, 93 per cent backed Buckingham.

Oddschecker’s Leon Blackman said: “The Wales next manager market sprung into life on Monday as Des Buckingham became the new odds-on favourite to replace Rob Page.

“Having been as big as 5/1 on Monday morning, a surge of bets backing Buckingham has seen his odds shorten to the odds-on favourite at 1/1.

“A staggering 93 per cent of bets on Monday have backed Buckingham for the role, compared to a mere three per cent of the bet share in the month prior. This market will be one to watch over the coming days to see if Buckingham’s price continues to shorten.”

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