The world is seemingly Gary Neville’s oyster as the former Manchester United defender goes in search of his next managerial position following his dismissal from the Valencia helm in March.
Paddy Power has odds on no fewer than 36 clubs in the running to take him on as manager (either temporary or permanent), and while some are exceedingly more likely than others, What Are The Odds has spared no expense in considering the possibilities.
Paddy Power are offering odds on each of the 20 Premier League clubs to recruit Neville, with Swansea City leading the top-flight suitors at 14/1 (15.00), despite the fact incumbent Francesco Guidolin only signed a new two-year deal with the Welsh club in May.
Next in line is Middlesbrough at 16/1 (17.00), although it again seems unlikely they would appoint a new manager after Aitor Karanka guided them to the promised land last season, but Sunderland could be an interesting pick at the same odds.
The Black Cats are currently led by Sam Allardyce, but the Guardian recently reported he remains favourite to take over at the England helm, meaning the club could soon be looking for a new boss.
Other Premier League new boys Hull City and Burnley are listed at 22/1 (23.00) and 25/1 (26.00), respectively, while Neville’s former employers Manchester United are way down the list at 33/1 (34.00). The Red Devils have of course only recently installed Jose Mourinho as chief, and so it’s hardly a surprise to see Neville some way off returning to Old Trafford in a head coach role.
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Salford City—the club in which Neville owns a 10% stake—could be a more enticing option at 25/1 (26.00), considering the smaller challenge of leading a team in National League North might be more Neville’s speed at this point in his career. Current managerial team Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley have done a fine job thus far, however, and the Ammies may not wish to rock the boat.
On the other end of the scale, Manchester City and Liverpool are each at 100/1 (101.00) to employ Neville as their manager, either temporary or permanent, while Luis Enrique’s Barcelona and Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid are each at 150/1 (151.00).
Considering just how disappointing Neville’s first run in Spain’s top flight was, it seems highly implausible he’ll return to La Liga straight away, never mind such a drastic promotion.