Levein 1/7 to Leave Early

  • Last Updated: October 13 2012, 0:03 BST

McBookie make Scotland manager Craig Levein a 1/7 shot not to complete the World Cup qualifying campaign after a 2-1 defeat against Wales.

Craig Levein says hello before Scotland's defeat.

It's also only 6/4 he's still in the job at midnight on Tuesday evening, with his side facing a tricky trip to Belgium that night.

A late double from star man Gareth Bale secured all three points for Wales against the Scots in Cardiff on Friday night.

Scotland - still searching for their first victory in European Qualifying Group A - had taken the lead through James Morrison in the first half but Bale's late goals turned up the heat on Levein.

McBookie make Scotland 100/1 to qualify for Brazil 2014 with Levein now big odds-on to have left his post before the end of the qualifying campaign.

The Tartan Army men began the day as 20/1 to make the finals but with Belgium and Croatia both winning they are now five points adrift.

McBookie spokesman Paul Petrie said: "The game is up for Scotland and Craig Levein. They have dropped points at home to Macedonia and Serbia and have now lost away to Wales.

"Levein is 6/4 to be still be in a job by midnight on Tuesday. It really isn't a question of if he goes but when and we make Alex McLeish 3/1 favourite for the job."

Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni is also under pressure after a 6-1 defeat at home to Germany.

Ireland were simply overpowered by the team ranked second in the world with Marco Reus firing them into a 2-0 half-time lead before Mesut Ozil, Miroslav Klose and a double from substitute Toni Kroos completed the rout.

There was delighted applause from a capacity crowd when substitute Andy Keogh headed home in injury time, but the consolation was minimal.

William Hill have opened up betting on the future of Trapattoni and go 4/7 he gets his marching orders before the end of the qualifying campaign, and 5/4 that he remains at the helm.

Liam Brady has been made the 4/1 favourite to succeed the Italian.

Mick McCarthy is the 5/1 second favourite - while his old adversary Roy Keane can be backed at 10/1.

"Germany were classy opponents, but it was the manner of the defeat which most shocking for Irish fans," said William Hill spokesman Tony Kenny.

"We think Trap is now on borrowed time - and punters seem to believe that it's time for a change."

Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck both helped themselves to two goals apiece in England's 5-0 win over San Marino and William Hill make the former 5/4 favourite to end the qualifying campaign as his nation's leading scorer.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored England's other goal.

"The San Marino match was always going to be a chance for the England strikers to fill their boots and in the absence of Lampard and Defoe, Welbeck and Rooney made the most of it," said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.