Owen Coyle has shot from nowhere back to bookies’ favourite to replace Eddie Howe at Turf Moor.
The sacked Bolton boss was strong early favourite when Howe decided home is where the heart is with odds at 3/1, Sky Bet trader Chris Spicer saying: “Coyle looks the perfect candidate given his previous work at the club but the nature of his departure raises questions, with the Clarets fans making their feelings perfectly clear when he took over their rivals.”
He had slipped right down to 66/1 recently after Lee Hoos effectively ruled out a return but he has been strongly backed today. He is now marginal favourite with Bet Victor, who offer the shortest odds the market has seen so far at 13/8, Sky Bet (7/4) and Stan James (2/1).
Helen Jacob from Sky Bet told me: “Owen Coyle’s odds have come in dramatically today from 25/1 this morning to favourite at 7/4 now.
“Money started coming in mid-morning when he was cut to 14/1 and the odds were trimmed a few more times as we continued to take bets including some decent sized wagers at 5/1.
“A return seems unlikely with the way Coyle left but he’s based in the area and did a good job there last time.
“It would probably be easier for him to go back there than it was for Harry Redknapp to go back to Portsmouth after he left for Southampton.”
The best odds available are now just 3/1 with Paddy Power, where Mick McCarthy remains favourite at 15/8. There is little between yesterday’s favourite and Coyle, both sharing the best available price.
Micky Mellon is now up to third favourite and can be found between 9/2 and 8/1, while Michael Appleton has drifted as high as 9/1 with BetVictor. Terry Pashley is 12/1 despite admitting he hasn’t thought about taking the job on full-time and Crewe’s Steve Davis (mk I) averages around the 11/1 mark.
Nick Barmby, who was 10/1 yesterday, has sunk in the last 24 hours and can now be found as high as 33/1. Keith Hill is reported to be back in the running and he can be found at between 16/1 and 20/1 with former Preston boss Billy Davies and Graham Alexander.
Wigan coach Graeme Jones is 25/1 with Stan James and grouped with the 66/1 outsiders on BetVictor, where he was previously an 8/1 favourite.
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