Leicester City have departed with Craig Shakespeare - the last senior staff remnant of that title winning side of a couple of seasons ago. Having been appointed, somewhat controversially, in the wake of Claudio Ranieri’s departure just four months ago - the Foxes are now on the look out for a manager to usher in a new era and to reinvent the club’s image post-title winning hysteria. What Are The Odds looks at the current odds from Paddy Power as to who will be next in the dugout at the King Power Stadium.
Tuesday afternoon marked the last stand for 53-year old Craig Shakespeare, and after making a fantastic start in-charge, he guided Leicester to zero wins in their last six league matches which has subsequently seen them drop into the relegation zone. A draw at home on Monday Night Football at home to West Bromwich Albion was likely the last straw for owners seemingly keen to see the Foxes return to the top echelons of the league.
So who could be the next Leicester manager? The bookies favourite is Sam Allardyce at 3/1 (4.00) - Big Sam’s style of play could work into the hands of the team if they want to replicate some of the success of that title winning season - playing direct and getting the ball up to Jamie Vardy. If anyone can shake out the cobwebs of the squad it’s Sam Allardyce who can boast taking on Sunderland and Crystal Palace in recent seasons and gaining them both to survival and some impressive victories on the way.
One manager who’s future is completely up the air is the current Wales boss Chris Coleman - his contract with the national side runs out at the end of November, but he could be allowed to leave early should the Foxes come knocking and if Coleman is actually interested. Odds of 7/2 (4.50) could make it an interesting option for punters - but the man who guided Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 has in the past expressed a desire to manage overseas once his time with his country is up.
Probably the biggest names in the mixer are Roberto Mancini at 12/1 (13.0) and former Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink at 16/1 (17.0). Hiddink was linked post-Ranieri but never seemed close to doing the deal, while Hiddink did a solid job on both occasions with Chelsea - clearly both would interest the Leicester board due to their pedigree, but Mancini would be a more tricky signing as he only signed at Zenit in Russia back in June.
How about not reinventing the club for a new era and going right back to re-appoint Nigel Pearson for a second time - his odds of 25/1 (26.0) suggest it’s an outside possibility if the club are looking short-term and then appoint a bigger name in the summer when more are likely to be available.
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