Heading into this weekend’s final day of the Premier League season, it appears that Swansea are all but relegated unless a miraculous goal-swing occurs, but one thing is certain and that’s Carlos Carvalhal’s exit from the club. The announcement spread on Thursday that the Portuguese boss would not have his contract renewed by the board and the Swansea will seek a new manager for next season. What Are The Odds looks at the next Swansea manager odds market as a flurry of names are linked early-on.
The dismissal of Carvalhal has been met with mixed reaction from the Swansea fans, who are currently calling for player departures and the board to be shaken up, but results and an imminent relegation seems set to usher in a whole new era in South Wales from this summer.
Interestingly, it’s the former Wales manager Chris Coleman who’s the favourite according to Sky Bet bookmaker, he’s priced at 4/1 (5.00), but it would appear there’s still some reflection to be had at the club before a decision is made.
Coleman is Swansea born and bred and played for the club for a number of years, so would command the respect of the fans and galvanise what has turned into a nightmare scenario at the Liberty Stadium, however others will see his tenure at Sunderland as a massive failure, overseeing a relegation to League One. Admittedly the Black Cats were in free-fall before Coleman’s appointment, but it will raise some doubts.
Another manager looking for a way back into football is Steve McClaren and he’s backed at 6/1 (7.00). This isn’t likely to be a popular appointment with the fans already seething at the board at the club and will want fresh ideas that sees the club return to the ’Swansea Way’ - McClaren’s recently failed ventures at Derby and Newcastle haven’t been forgotten. Reports on Thursday afternoon are suggesting that the Swans may dodge the appointment of McClaren though, with QPR set to appoint him manager to succeed Ian Holloway.
Another name that won’t thrill the fans is Alan Pardew, who oversaw West Brom’s dreadful run, ultimately relegating them from the Premier League. The Englishman who appears to have ultimate managerial lives is priced at 8/1 (9.00) and although he may just be making up the early market names, it will not be the progressive, fresh step demanded by the Swans faithful.
One name that is completely different in the market is Dean Smith, the current Brentford manager, who has gained a lot of praise for his work with the Bees in the Championship. A man with know-how of England’s second tier as well as obvious ability, having guided the west London club to just outside of the playoffs this season on a limited budget. The 47-year old is also wanted by West Brom who need a new permanent manager of their own. Smith is priced at 12/1 (13.0) to be the next Swansea manager.
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