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Odds On Next Man In The Hotseat

Odds On Next Man In The Hotseat

As you can tell the bookies have their fingers on the pulse when it comes to following whichever speculation is repeated most.

Skybet odds include the obvious Paul Lambert and the more outlandish return to American Bob Bradley, who fans will be familiar with from previous manager searches.

It's a bit of a mundane list really.

Paul Lambert @ 6/4. Roberto Martinez @ 7/4. Rafa 'the waiter' Benitez @ 8/1. Alan Curbishly @ 10/1. Chris Hughton @ 20/1 and Bob Bradley @ 20/1.

There are far more links thatn that though. There are rumours about Roberto Di Matteo, Gus Poyet and even Paulo Di Canio.

Who's your tip for the hotseat?

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Monday May 14 2012
Time: 5:52PM


Lambert probably looks the best bet. Wouldn't mind Hughton, but doubt if he will come after the McLeish experience. Curbishley safe, but possibly out of the game too long. Benitez would be another O'Leary, a cheque-book manager with little commitment to the club. Poyet has done well at Brighton but I think he needs to prove himself at a higher level first, we can't afford another Graham Turner; Bradley sounds pretty unappealing, and I've said on here before that I really don't rate Martinez at all - he dines out on the odd sensational result at the end of the season, but his record at Wigan is much worse than that of Paul Jewell or Steve Bruce. I also wonder how the big egos in the Villa squad would react to being managed by a bloke who struggled to break into Walsall's first team. One name not on the list is Sid Cowans - he would command respect and has done well with the kids
Mark from Dudley
14/05/2012 18:12:00
pretty sure Rafa will not be in the running.
The Fear
14/05/2012 18:15:00
Hopefully neither will Bob Bradey.
14/05/2012 18:17:00
14/05/2012 18:18:00
POYET OR LAMBERT. The fact I wrote it in capitals means you know I mean it.
14/05/2012 18:19:00
Its a realistic list. The danger of us talking up high profile (not to mention expensive) managers is people feel deflated when more "mundane" names seem close to getting the job. Mind you, maybe Pep Guardiola would find a change as good as a holiday! :P
14/05/2012 18:22:00
Lambert would be my first choice but I'd also settle for Poyet, Martinez or Rodgers. I just hope it's a young progressive manager and Randy gives him a few quid to spend. Hurry up next season.
14/05/2012 18:29:00
Lambert, Rodgers, Martinez... Its probably safe to say thats the short list... Id prefer Lambert... Similar to MON, but he is better tactically and from what i can see doesn buy tosspots... :)
14/05/2012 18:29:00
Benitez is a chequebook manager we couldnt afford even if we wanted him. Bob Bradley would be no less absurd than McLeish. Curbishley has been out the game too long and I'd like to see Poyet succeed at a higher level before risking him. I'd say Martinez, Hughton, Rogers and Lambert all have the potential to do a great job and would suit our mainly young, English (threadbare) squad. I'd love Holloway just because I love him, not because he's the best manager. Not even the slightest suggestion of a random European manager of course - thats not how we do business!
14/05/2012 18:34:00
Collymore said on TalkSport today that he 'understands' the club have a shortlist of 2 current premier league managersd and 2 who are currently out of work. Hopefully its Lambert, Rogers, AVB and Capello. Lets be honest though, with the exception of Terry Connor & Steve Kean, we had the worst manager in the league so anything should be an improvement.
14/05/2012 18:44:00
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