Hull City have parted company with Leonid Slutsky after a poor run of results that has left the Tigers far adrift of a playoff spot in the Championship and instead facing a battle to stay in the division after relegation last season. What Are The Odds looks at the potential candidates to replace the former CSKA Moscow manager.
The favourite for the hotseat at KCOM Stadium is currently Nigel Adkins with odds of 8/15 (1.53) to be the next Hull manager. Adkins would be a bit of a surprise candidate - having been out of management since departing Sheffield United in 2016 it might not be an appointment that excites Tigers fans, however Adkins had a very impressive time at Southampton and his departure in the Saints first season in the Premier League caused much discontent among fans and media.
The list of ‘safe options’ continues with Gary Megson backed at 10/3 (4.33), and most recently oversaw West Brom’s 2-2 draw against Newcastle as caretaker boss, after the departure of Tony Pulis. With Alan Pardew now in the hotseat, it’s unclear whether Megson will stay as part of the backroom staff for much longer and may jump at the chance to return to the managerial hotseat.
Paul Lambert is priced at 4/1 (5.00) to be the next Tigers boss, having been out of a job since leaving Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier this year. The former Norwich City, Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa manager has plenty of pedigree at this level and would likely steady a rocky Hull ship, but like the previous two it may not excite the Tigers faithful.
At 15/2 (8.50) is former Baggies boss Tony Pulis, but with the vacant Wales national team job and the potential of a Swansea job in the near future should that become available, it would be a bit of a longshot to see the Welshman drop down to the Championship at this point.
Aitor Karanka who steered Middlesbrough to promotion to the Premier League might fancy another crack at doing so with Hull, but is considered a bit of an outsider with odds of 16/1 (17.0) fresh of the back of Leonid Slutsky’s sacking.