Paul Ince’s name has popped up on the bookies’ radar, writes Jamie Smith.
Despite doing a frankly appalling job down the road at Ewood Park, despite continuing to refer to himself as ‘The Guvnor’, despite refusing to do his coaching badges as he’s a former England international – for some reason Paul Ince is now apparently in the running for the Burnley job.
There have been no links to him in the local newspapers, but bookmakers have installed him among the favourites in the odds and he is currently available at around 4/1 and the Racing Post picked up on his plummeting odds.
But the hot favourite is still Owen Coyle at about 2/1, despite this tweet from Burnley director Brendan Flood appearing to rule him out of contention for the vacancy at Turf Moor.
We spoke to Dave from Stan James who gave us an indication of the state of play.
He said: “Its a really wide open market and there are big swings on a different name every day. Today it’s Paul Ince and we’ve taken a dozen or so decent wagers on him today already, but I don’t know if Burnley fans would really fancy him. We’ve had similar quantity and value of bets placed on a wide number of names and you don’t always get that on manager markets, particularly a week or so in. So it’s Ince with the momentum today but could be somebody else tomorrow. Appleton has been strongly backed and could fancy a move ‘home’ to the north west and Steve Davis would be a great fit for Burnley’s emphasis on youth development and academy.”
Warren Joyce has been a big mover in the Stan James market and he is now down at 5/1 with them, whereas SkyBet have him at around 16/1.
Appleton and Davis are still in the mix at around 6/1, just behind Mick McCarthy who remains in and around the frontrunners.
Only Stan James are offering odds on Terry Pashley being given the job on a full time basis and he is at 16/1 with them, while other ex-Clarets still in with a chance appear to include Micky Mellon (10/1), David Unsworth and Chris Brass (both 25/1).
Keith Hill’s name came back into the reckoning recently and he’s available at 33/1 with Bet Victor, while Billy Davies is about 20/1.
The wide spread of the odds shows Burnley are keeping their cards close to their chest so far and there is little indication of who the board is preferring at this time. Indeed, the Club today said it could be another week until an appointment is made.
But for now, it would appear to be between McCarthy, Appleton and Davis, although the likes of Coyle, Barmby, Dyche, Davies, Hill and Joyce cannot be discounted just yet.
All odds are correct at time of publication and are sourced from Oddschecker.
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