Owen Coyle is the early favourite to replace Eddie Howe, writes Jamie Smith.
So Eddie Howe’s reign has come to an end after three games without a win in which his side shipped nine goals. Arguably lucky to avoid the sack, Howe has rejoined former club AFC Bournemouth along with his assistant Jason Tindall.
Inevitably, talk soon turns to the replacement and several bookies have already opened their markets on the next permanent manager. There has been no official announcement, but we expect Terry Pashley to assume temporary charge and if no appointment is made in the next week, he would be in the dugout for the visit of Blackpool next weekend.
Owen Coyle (best price 3/1)
Perhaps inevitably, God/Judas/Moses is top of the list. An easy name for bookies to throw to the top given his links to the club and recent unemployment after getting binned by Bolton, a Coyle return divides fans like no other topic. For some, it would mark the end for them as supporters, while others would give him the chance to redeem himself.
Graham Alexander (7/1)
A Clarets legend after leading the side to promotion under Coyle, Alexander is back at Preston North End in a coaching role. Would he fancy a crack at management at Turf Moor?
Michael Appleton (10/1)
Appleton was involved at West Brom before making the move to Portsmouth and under exceptionally difficult circumstances, he has done a good job on the south coast. He would suit Burnley’s remit of needing someone capable of working with a tight budget, but can we tempt another boss to head north after Howe?
Micky Mellon (12/1)
Another ex-Claret and arguably the frontrunner among the former Burnley contingent. A classy midfielder in his playing days, Mellon has led Fleetwood Town to the Football League. But he’s spent serious money to do so. Could he repeat the trick at Turf Moor? The Championship is a huge step up for a manager with just a few months of experience in the Football League.
Steve Cotterill (14/1)
Out of work, links to the club, can sort a defence, can work with tight budgets – does Cotterill fill all the boxes? After crowds dropped alarmingly under his reign before he left via “mutual consent”, it’s perhaps unlikely the board would welcome him back.
Steve Kean (16/1)
The ultimate achievement for Agent Kean would be to take over at Turf Moor and lead us to promotion. Right? Right? Suit yourselves.
Keith Hill (25/1)
My personal early pick, Hill has done well since leaving Rochdale for Barnsley. But is a move across the Pennines sideways in more ways than one? Hill plays stylish football and is the straight-talker that fans seem to desire. Also interesting that one bookie has him at 10/1, another at 25/1. Meaningless, but interesting.
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer (33/1)
Linked with both Bolton and Blackburn, the baby-faced assassin already has a league title to his name with Molde in Norway. Rumoured to want to move back to the north-west where he has a home, could the sighting of him at Gawthorpe be finally set to come true?
Billy Davies (33/1)
The former PNE boss has been unemployed for a while and his record in the Championship is good. But he’s not a likeable chap and always pesters his board for more money, which isn’t likely to endear him to John B and Mike G.
Mick McCarthy (40/1)
One of the elder statesmen on the list, it’s doubtful that Mick would turn down a comfy gig on Match of the Day for being abused by rabid northerners. But he is from Yorkshire, so maybe that sort of thing gets him off. Would probably want a bigger budget than we could offer. 10/1 with Skybet, 40/1 with Bet Victor. Like I said, meaningless but interesting.
Peter Reid (66/1)
Of course, it’s so early the bookies don’t have any information and any bets placed will have a huge impact on the market. But it’s fun to look at, right? All odds correct at time of publication and sourced from Oddschecker.
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