Sean Dyche looks to be the new front-runner for the Burnley job in the betting markets, writes Jamie Smith.
Just for a change, we have a new favourite. Michael Appleton, Owen Coyle and Steven Pressley have all been favourite since the market opened and now it’s the turn of ex-Watford boss Dyche.
We’re widely rumoured to be down to a three or four-man shortlist and it’s pretty accepted two of those are Pressley and Dyche, while Steve Davis is still in with a chance according to some sources and Steve Lomas could also have a shot.
Dyche is the bookies’ favourite at this time, with odds around the 4/7 mark for the manager who led Watford to an 11th place Championship finish before getting the push from new Italian owners who wanted to bring in Gianfranco Zola.
Pressley is now about 2/1, showing the bookies are fairly certain the next incumbent of the manager’s office at Turf Moor will be one of those two.
St Johnstone’s Steve Lomas is next at around 5/1 and the quartet of likely candidates is completed by Davis who is 10/1 with Paddy Power and 20/1 with the rest.
Appleton has fallen out of the running along with Keith Hill, Mick McCarthy and the ex-Clarets contingent including Warren Joyce, Mike Phelan, Micky Mellon and Graham Alexander.
Terry Pashley – having picked up two wins from two in his temporary reign – is at 10/1. The Club has confirmed Pashley will take charge for Saturday’s trip to Cardiff City and if we were to win again, the calls for Pashley to be left in charge would grow even louder.
Ian Holloway, rumoured to have run out of patience with Karl Oysten at Blackpool, is at 10/1 with SkyBet and 4/1 with others, but with vacancies arising at Crystal Palace and Ipswich Town this week, he is sure to be in demand. Although Holloway had a home in east Lancashire, he is rumoured to fancy a move back to his native south-west, which would make a commute to Turf Moor fairly long.
All odds are correct at time of publication and are sourced from Oddschecker.
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