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A touch too soon to declare the home-bred boss extinct; THE FAR POST RPSPORT's weekly offbeat look at sport and betting.

PAUL HART out and Avram Grant in; Mark Hughes out and Roberto Mancini in - no wonder the dying breed of home-bred Premier League bosses are raging about the lack of opportunities for their fellow nationals.

Sunderland's Steve Bruce led the charge after Man City's Welshman Hughes was replaced by Italian Mancini.

"It's just ridiculous and unbelievable. If we're not careful we''re going to stop young British coaches taking up management," raged Bruce.

You can see his point. After the latest two Brits were replaced by those not from round these parts, the number of Premier League bosses born in the Britain and Ireland has dwindled to a mere, erm, 13 out of 20.

As for the Championship, a staggering two out of 24 foreigners are over here stealing our boys' jobs.

Get your skates on Don't say you weren't warned. It's the season of more and more ridiculous reality TV results and the bookmakers may not have spotted the next one yet.

December has already seen the BBC show The Restaurant won by a couple of cocktail waiters, neither of whom knew how to cook but who blagged their way through.

Then dubious dancer Chris Hollins waltzed off with the Strictly Come Dancing crown at the expense of several more accomplished performers.

So come on then, who's going to get the bandwagon rolling for Heather Mills at 33-1 to win Dancing On Ice? Astonishingly, Coral spokesman Gary Burton said they haven't taken a single bet on the one-legged former Mrs McCartney, with Boyzone singer Mikey Graham, and ex-Holby City actor Jeremy Sheffield attracting the early money.

Schu what? Bookmakers have been salivating at the prospect of Michael Schumacher returning to Formula One with Mercedes next season.

With Schumacher teaming up with German compatriot Nico Rosberg and taking on the all-English line-up of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, the special markets are in full flow already.

Boylesports have got a little carried away, however, putting up a price of 2,000-1 that "Schumacher breaks his record of 18 victories in one season" - the seven-time champion's record number of wins in a season is in fact 13 in 2004.

RPSPORT'S odds-compilers' naps table will return next week
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 26, 2009
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