Following Craig Shakespeare’s surprise sacking from his job as Leicester City manager on Tuesday, speculation is rapidly rising with regards to the candidates who could take his place. Freebets.com have decided to take a look at some of the leading candidates, along with a couple of outsiders who could fit the role:
Chris Coleman – 2/1 with BetVictor
The current Wales manager Chris Coleman is the bookmakers early favourite for the job and that’s understandable given his national side’s failure to qualify for the World Cup. Despite achieving magnificent results at Euro 2016, Coleman’s side fell short of expectations this time around and there’s a strong chance the former Fulham boss will consider moving on while his stock is high.
Sean Dyche – 9/4 with BetVictor
Burnley boss Sean Dyche has seen his reputation soar through the roof at the start of this season, remaining undefeated in away trips to Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton so far. He’d already been praised massively for two promotions with the Clarets, along with a strong survival campaign last term. He rejected a possible move to Crystal Palace in the summer – would he reject the Foxes if they were genuinely interested?
Sam Allardyce – 12/1 with BetVictor
The most ideal of the candidates on paper, surely, is Sam Allardyce. Big Sam has built a mean reputation for keeping struggling teams in the Premier League and this job well and truly fits the bill. Allardyce has dismissed links in the early stages, but he also ruled out Sunderland and Crystal Palace initially. He couldn’t AGAIN, could he?
Michael Appleton – 14/1 with BetVictor
Current caretaker boss Michael Appleton jumped ship from his remarkable job in charge of Oxford in the summer just gone to work with Craig Shakespeare. His portfolio as a manager isn’t terrific, but Appleton has coached at the top tier with West Brom previously and could be a shrewd-yet-risky appointment. Could they punt on somebody unproven again?
Nigel Pearson – 25/1 with BetVictor
Former Foxes boss of six years Nigel Pearson remains a divided figure in the minds of Leicester fans. His sensational work to drag Leicester from the depths of League One up to the Premier League before keeping them in the top tier with a sizzling run of form at the end of the 2014/15 season deserves a great deal of credit. Now in charge of Belgian side OH Leuven, owned by King Power, plenty of Foxes fans will make a case for the controversial boss to return. Too much water under the bridge?
Guus Hiddink – 25/1 with BetVictor
The Foxes caught everybody out with the surprising, ultimately successful appointment of former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri in 2015 – could they repeat the feat? Two-time Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink is currently unemployed following his interim role with the Blues in 2016. With vast career experience and plenty of happy memories of his time in England, could the Dutchman be the ideal candidate?