Next Crystal Palace Manager: Mancini the early favourite to replace 'retiring' Allardyce

Sam Allardyce has resigned from Crystal Palace and seemingly retired from football management
Sam Allardyce has resigned from Crystal Palace and seemingly retired from football management
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Yet another manager has called it quits following the end of season, with Crystal Palace now looking for a new boss after Sam Allardyce effectively retired from football. Who will succeed him? Mike Norman has the latest odds...

To be Next Permanent Crystal Palace Manager;

Roberto Mancini - 2/1
Claudio Ranieri - 4/1
Nigel Pearson - 9/1
12/1 BAR

*Betfair Sportsbook Odds, correct as of 09:45, Wednesday 24 May

Roberto Mancini is the early favourite on the Betfair Sportsbook to be the the Next Permanent Crystal Palace Manager following Sam Allardyce's shock decision to quit from football due to personal reasons.

The former Manchester City manager - who guided the Citizens to title success in 2011/12 - is currently out of work following subsequent jobs with Turkish side Galatasaray, and Italian outfit Inter Milan.

Mancini is a strong favourite at 2/1, ahead of former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri at 4/1. Nigel Pearson - who just this morning is rumoured to be on a shortlist of three to become Middlesbrough's next manager - is third best in the market at 9/1.

Allardyce announced his shock decision to leave Palace on Tuesday night, just 24 hours after David Moyes resigned from Sunderland. And although the 62-year-old is listed in the Next Permanent Sunderland Manager betting - a club formerly managed by Allardyce - he has suggested that he may turn his back on football management for good.

In a brief statement Allardyce said he has no intention to take another job, before going on to say, "I want to be able to savour life while I am still relatively young, and when I am still relatively healthy enough to do all the things I want to do, like travel, spend more time with my family and grandchildren without the huge pressure that comes with being a football manager."

Allardyce was in charge at Selhurst Park for just five months, guiding the Eagles to eight wins in 21 matches and a 14th place finish in the Premier League, continuing his proud record of never being relegated during his 23-year managerial career with clubs such as Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham, and Sunderland.

But perhaps 'Big Sam' will be most famously remembered for his brief stint as England manager. Appointed in July 2016 Allardyce won his only game in charge of the Three Lions before leaving his post by mutual consent two months later after a Daily Telegraph expose showed him talking about how to get around bans on third-party ownership of footballers.

Following Sunday's defeat to Manchester United Allardyce revealed that he planned to improve the Crystal Palace squad during the summer, saying, "We now need to grow, develop, and invest". He has denied that Tuesday's decision to quite had anything to do with a fallout with club owner Steve Parish over future targets and/or transfer budgets.

Allardyce's departure means there are currently three high profile positions to be filled, with both Sunderland and Watford also looking for a new manager.

To be Next Permanent Watford Manager

Marco Silva - 2/1
Claudio Ranieri - 2/1
Roger Schmidt - 5/2
7/1 BAR

To be Next Permanent Sunderland Manager

Sam Allardyce - 9/2
Nigel Pearson - 6/1
Roy Keane - 6/1
Garry Monk - 8/1
Kevin Phillips - 8/1
Paul Lambert - 8/1
Derek McInnes - 9/1
Claudio Ranieri - 9/1
Aitor Karanka - 9/1
Alan Pardew - 10/1
12/1 BAR

*all odds correct as of 09:45, Wednesday 24 May

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