Premier League duo Newcastle and Swansea are rated the clubs most likely to give David Moyes his next job...
"The Betfair Sportsbook were quick of the mark with a David Moyes Next Job market and those prices indicate that his standing in the United Kingdom won’t be affected by his lack of success in Spain."
After lasting a little less than ten months at Manchester United, David Moyes' attempt to rebuild his once stellar managerial reputation at Real Sociedad has been derailed on the 365th day, one shy of his year anniversary in charge.
As at Old Trafford, it was difficult to dispute the dismissal. While the Scot lifted them from 16th on his arrival last November to 12th in the final 2014/15 standings, he leaves them in 18th this term with a clearly unacceptable nine points from 11 games, the final straw being a 2-0 loss at fellow strugglers Las Palmas on Friday.
His defence would likely be the same one as upon succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson: that he never received the opportunity to mould a team in his image. However, the same counterpoint that he didn't maximise what he did have - a squad featuring big names like Inigo Martinez, Xavi Prieto, Asier Illarramendi, Sergio Canales and Carlos Vela - is similarly valid.
The question is where does the 52-year-old go from here? Will he carry the same appeal to mid-table Premier League clubs that he did upon exiting Man United, when he failed what many deemed to be an impossible task but was still best known as the guy who hadn't finished outside the Premier League's top eight since 2005/06, or do consecutive flops undermine his safe-pair-of-hands billing?
The Betfair Sportsbook were quick off the mark with a David Moyes Next Job market and those prices indicate that his standing in the United Kingdom won't be affected by his lack of success in Spain.
Despite escaping the relegation zone for the first time since August at the weekend to ease the pressure on Steve McClaren, Newcastle are the 3/1 favourites to hire him next, followed at 6/1 by Swansea, whose current coach Garry Monk is rumoured to be close to the sack.
It is notable though that both sides are in the bottom seven, with that being the region of the table that Moyes is expected to resurface if the Premier League is to be his destination. To that end, he is perhaps unfortunate to have been fired so soon after Sunderland and Aston Villa filled vacancies.
The next set of candidates present a less enticing scenario, which is to drop into the Championship with managerless Fulham (12/1), Leeds (14/1), Bolton (16/1) or Blackburn (16/1). After that come former employers Everton, QPR and Stuttgart at 20/1.
Indeed, there are several teams on the shortlist reflecting a belief that he might stay abroad, as the likes of Sir Bobby Robson and Steve McClaren did upon their first taste of working in mainland Europe. Hamburg and Werder Bremen are in there at 25/1.
A return to Scotland is another option, with Celtic 14/1, Rangers 25/1 and the national gig also 25/1.