With resignations and sackings galore at the end of the season, several clubs are looking for new managers. Max Liu discusses the betting on who might take over at Selhurst Park, Vicarage Road and elsewhere...
strong>Silva is [1.9] for the Watford job. But will he be put off by the instability at Vicarage Road?
The Eagles are looking for their eighth manager in seven years following Sam Allardyce's decision to quit the club this week. Allardyce had been in charge for five months, having been brought in to keep the club in the Premier League, and steered them to a 14th place finish. The Palace board, who were delighted with his work and planning to back Allardyce in the transfer market this summer, now have to tear up their plans and find a successor.
Marco Silva [2.12], who despite being relegated with Hull impressed during his five months at the KC Stadium, leads the market. The Portuguese is regarded as one of the most talented young coaches in Europe and, although it was believed he would take over at Porto, could be tempted to stay in England with Palace.
Another talented young coach, Garry Monk [5.0], is also in the running. He surprised Leeds United by quitting as their manager this week and the ex-Swansea boss would be delighted to return to the top-flight at Palace. Fulham boss Salivisa Jokanovic [7.8] is another option while the Italians Robert Mancini [12.0] and Claudio Ranieri [18.5] are both in the running.
Searching for a new manager is the Watford board's summer activity of choice. Like Quiqe Sanchez Flores, Walter Mazzarri has left the club after only one season in charge. That means the search for a successor has begun and that man Silva is in demand here too, trading at [1.9]. Will he be put off by the instability at Vicarage Road? If so, they could turn to Ranieri [4.6], who's keen to get a new job after being sacked by Leicester earlier this season, or look further afield to Roger Schmidt [6.6], the current manager of Bayer Leverkeusen.
Outside the Premier League there are plenty of Next Manager markets to explore. We've already mentioned that Leeds United are looking for a new manager. They were surprised by Monk's resignation and had believe that he was building a team that could return the club to the top flight next season. Now bettors believe that task could fall to Aitor Karanka [1.81] who was dismissed as Middlesbrough boss in March but did bring the club up the previous season.
Sunderland are another team that never seem to be off the hire and fire merry-go-round and, having been relegated to the Championship, they're now in the market for a successor to David Moyes. Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes [2.12] is the leading candidate at present, although club legend Kevin Phillips [9.0] would be the romantics' choice.
Another relegated club, Hull, are looking for a new manager after it was announced that the ubiquitous Silva won't be staying on. There's scant liquidity in the market which seems fitting as whoever gets the job is unlikely to get much money to spend on players from Hull's tight-fisted owners.