The shock news of Sam Allerdyce’s sacking as Blackburn manager has fuelled rumours that Martin Jol could be heading to Ewood Park as his replacement.
Jol surprisingly resigned his position at Ajax last week and bookmakers think the former Spurs boss has the credentials to match the ambitions of Blackburn owners, The Venky Group.
It has been reported that Venky want a manager that can make Rovers a top five Premier League club and they felt Big Sam’s signings and style of play would not achieve that aim.
Jol, on the other hand, has an attacking philosophy and took a struggling Spurs side to a fifth-placed finish before falling out with his bosses at White Hart Lane over the club’s transfer policy.
The Dutchman spent a year at Hamburg where he took the club to a fifth place spot in the Bundesliga, before joining Ajax in 2009.
Jol is priced as short as 7/4 to succeed Allerdyce, but at the time of writing, Unibet are offering stand out odds of 3/1.
Martin ONeill is generally available at odds of 12/1 and if the owners feel they need a British manager to take them forward, he could fit the bill if transfer funds are to be made available.
Fans favourite, Alan Shearer would be a popular choice for many supporters, but surely lacks the experience needed while former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton was sacked for similar reasons – not seen as the right man to succeed in the Premier League.
Alan Curbishley and Sven Goran Eriksson also figure prominently in the betting, as they do with every Premier League vacancy; both men can be backed at odds between 10/1 and 20/1.