2016/17 Premier League
Published: 15:32 13/02/2012
Alan Curbishley and Steve Bruce are the top contenders to replace Mick McCarthy as the next manager of Wolves according to UK bookmakers.
Bookies have reacted quickly to create a betting market on McCarthy’s replacement and punters can get a free bet on the next Wolves manager when opening a new account.
In the aftermath of a humiliating 5-1 home defeat to Midland rivals West Brom, it was announced that Mick McCarthy had been sacked as manager of Wolves and within hours Alan Curbishley had thrown his hat into the ring.
Owner Steve Morgan has decided the club needs a change after dropping into the relegation zone with 13 games of the season to go and Curbishley pretty much said ‘Come and get me’ when speaking to Sky Sports News soon after the news was released. Curbishley has been installed as favourite for the Molineux vacancy by a number of leading bookies and the former West Ham and Charlton boss can be backed at 5/1 with BetVictor.
Curbishley has been out of work since walking out on the Hammers in September 2008 and has been holding out for a job with a Premier League club ever since. The 54-year-old Londoner had previously spent 15 years at Charlton where he masterminded a revival in the club’s fortunes, guiding them to two promotions and consolidation in the Premier League.
The new manager will be asked to stave off relegation with the same set of players that have picked up 14 points from the last 22 league games. Steve Bruce understands perfectly the effect a change in leadership can make. The former Sunderland boss has been looking on as Martin O’Neil has turned things around at the Stadium of Light after Bruce was sacked in November with a record of two wins in 13 games. Sunderland were hovering perilously close to the drop zone when O’Neil stepped in and he has inspired the same players to climb into the top nine.
Wolves have said they are looking for a quick replacement, ideally before the next Premier League match against Newcastle in two weeks time, Bruce is a free agent and is available at 6/1 with Bodog. Neil Warnock is another unemployed manager with Premier League experience who bookies think could be on the short list and is available at 10/1 with bet365. The Midland’s based bookie thinks Ian Holloway could be tempted into another Premier League relegation battle, making the Blackpool boss a 9/2 chance for the Wolves job. BetVictor isn’t so sure that Holloway will walk away from Blackpool who are gaining momentum with their promotion challenge and bet 12/1 for the media darling to desert the North West in favour of the Midlands.