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Wednesday, 16 October, 2002, 11:06 GMT 12:06 UK
Teachers win football manager flutter
Bob Murray
Mr Murray said his children may have overheard his deal
Teachers at a school attended by the children of a Premiership football chairman made 13,200 by betting on the identity of the club's new manager.

Bookmakers slashed the odds on outsider Howard Wilkinson becoming Sunderland's replacement for sacked Peter Reid after taking two 100 bets at 66-1 in York.

They were placed by two teachers from the city's Bootham School, which is attended by Sunderland chairman Bob Murray's two daughters.

Mr Murray said his children may have overheard him making the deal with Wilkinson as the negotiations were conducted over the telephone from his North Yorkshire home.


I think it is a plain coincidence, they are trusted members of staff

Headteacher Ian Small

In a statement, Mr Murray said: "During this time I worked from home and placed and received a considerable number of phone calls and faxes in connection with this appointment.

"In these circumstances I accept it's possible that one of my children could have overheard a conversation or name inadvertently, and this is regrettable.

"Whilst my children did not volunteer any information I am aware that some individuals may have tried to interpret their reactions when the matter was discussed in their presence."

The exclusive Quaker school, where boarders among the 420 pupils pay 14,500 fees a year, disapproves of betting.

Outsider bets

Headteacher Ian Small said: "I would have to say that as a Quaker school we discourage gambling but staff at the school are free to make their own decisions."

He said the teachers told him about their 6,600 wins, and that they had also backed former Blackburn managers Kenny Dalglish and Roy Hodgson as outsiders to take the Sunderland job.

Mr Small added: "They thought at first they had wasted their money.

"I think it is a plain coincidence, they are trusted members of staff."

Inside information

It is understood neither of the teachers, who were not being named by the school, are Quakers.

William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said there was no suggestion anything illegal had taken place.

He said: "There will always be inside information when bookmakers decide to bet on the outcome of an event which will be decided by one or more human beings.

"If Bob Murray's daughter decides to take up a career as a professional tipster I think she has quite a career in it."


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