Chris Coleman was sacked/released as Sunderland Manager on Sunday afternoon.
That news quickly followed by Ellis Short revealing he’d agreed to sell the club to a group headed by the bloke who currently owns non-league Eastleigh.
Always interesting to see who is in the betting when it comes to clubs looking for a new boss and this search for the next Sunderland Manager is no different.
When a club gets consecutive relegations, both times rock bottom of the league, the change in expectations/hopes can only be dramatic.
Mick McCarthy is now available and he has been made the early hot favourites, odds on at 2/5.
Interesting, particularly as he holds the honour of managing Sunderland in their worst ever Premier League season.
The Sunderland side of 2005/06 is the second worst PL side of all time, ending the season with only 15 points, McCarthy sacked after picking up only 10 points in 28 games, with Roy Keane then brought in to finish them off/the season.
(Sunderland actually having three of the six worst Premier League teams of all-time – the six worst being 11 points – Derby 2007/08, 15 points – Sunderland 2005/06, 17 points – Aston Villa 2015/16, 19 points Portsmouth 2009/10, 19 points – Sunderland 2002/03, 24 points – Sunderland 2016/17)
In the betting after McCarthy, you have Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder (4/1) and then Leicester’s assistant manager Michael Appleton (8/1).
After that it largely descends into a whole host of those with previous/existing Sunderland connections just like Mick McCarthy, such as Kevin Phillips, John O’Shea, Roy Keane and Ally McCoist.
Whilst there are also a significant number of those who have worked at Newcastle, with Alan Pardew and Steve McClaren both 33/1 to get the job, either of those would be good fun!
As would some of the other former Newcastle employees priced up, with Lee Bowyer and Patrick Kluivert included, Lee Clark of course having had a foot in both camps previously.
Betting on who will be the next permanent Sunderland manager:
2/5 Mick McCarthy
4/1 Chris Wilder
8/1 Michael Appleton
16/1 Jaap Stam
16/1 Kevin Phillips
16/1 Paul Cook
Selected interesting others:
25/1 John O’Shea
33/1 Steve McClaren
33/1 Roy Keane
33/1 Ally McCoist
33/1 Lee Clark
33/1 Lee Bowyer
33/1 Patrick Kluivert
View all the BetVictor odds on next permanent Sunderland manager HERE