Paddy Power pays patient punter – he only waited 12 years!

Paddy Power pays patient punter – he only waited 12 years!
david moyes takes over at old trafford next season

Time to collect for one punter

I’m always banging on to members of my selections service that patience is the best friend of any would be profitable punter.


Too many people bet on anything, rather than waiting for the right bet that offers the punter value.

For a few years now I’ve been telling friends that the man Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to replace him was David Moyes. The only question was whether the outgoing Fergie would get a say in the matter. He did, and Moyes will begin next season as manager of Manchester United.

One patient punter was as confident about Moyes taking over at Old Trafford long before I was.

Preston fan David Rossi put £21.95 on Moyes to get the job at 66-1. Where and when did he get such generous odds? With Paddy Power all of 12 years ago.

Yes, in 2001 Rossi put his money where his mouth was. And now Paddy Power have paid him out the sum of £1470.65.

david rossi wins big bet with paddy powerDavid Rossi (pictured left) said: “Whenever the topic has come up over the years and I’ve put Moyes up as the next United manager I never had one person agree with me. At that time Sir Alex Ferguson wanted Moyes to be his deputy at Manchester United but he turned it down and went to Everton. There were rumours in the early 2000’s that Ferguson was set to retire so when the market opened I had a look at the price of Moyes.

“All these years I have been hoping Everton wouldn’t get relegated because that would rule Moyes out of the job. I was really holding out for them to win an FA Cup or qualify for Europe to keep him up there with a chance.’

‘I admit if Preston weren’t my team I wouldn’t have known anything about Moyes. It was only because he was at Preston and I’ve been following them for more than 60 years that I knew how good he was.’

Congratulations David Rossi. The ultimate patient punt. It just proves that if you are very confident about a bet, you may as well place it and await the outcome.


Just so long as you outlive a winning bet, you can go collect.

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