Next Bournemouth Manager Odds: Gary O’Neil Still Favourite For Cherries Job
Almost a month has passed since Bournemouth and Scott Parker parted company, and betting sites have significantly tweaked their markets to reflect the latest developments.
The pre-season favourites for relegation might not be as dead and buried as previously thought.
Bournemouth have picked up two draws and two wins so far, and now have eight points to their name after seven rounds of fixtures.
That is more than West Ham, Crystal Palace, Wolves and Everton who are all considered superior teams to Bournemouth, so maybe it's not as bad a start to the season as people think. Reports of Bournemouth’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.
So, who will succeed Parker on a permanent basis? You can find the latest odds below, followed by our analysis of the situation.
O’Neil Now Favourite To Take Charge
Gary O’Neil oversaw a 0-0 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers in his first game in caretaker charge, before masterminding a brilliant comeback against Nottingham Forest.
Trailing 2-0 at the interval, O’Neil switched to a three-man backline and pushed his two wing-backs forward.
That helped Bournemouth to get a foothold in the match, and three second-half goals earned them a morale-boosting win at the City Ground.
O’Neil has done his chances of landing the job on a full-time basis no harm whatsoever. A 3-2 away win to Notts Forest, followed by a draw to a highly touted Newcastle side has seen his odds come in significantly.
He is now the the clear favourite with football betting sites at Evens, and Bournemouth may ultimately entrust the former midfielder with the role if they are unable to land their first or second choices.
It would be a slight risk given O’Neil is a managerial novice, but the clamour will only grow stronger if Bournemouth can get the better of Brentford on Saturday.
Chris Backed At A Wild Price
Chris Wilder has seen his price backed into 9/4 with betting apps in the past week or so.
The Middlesbrough head coach had publicly distanced himself from the vacancy on the south coast, insisting that he is not going anywhere right now.
Wilder had been available at odds as big as 33/1 recently, but that price has since crashed significantly and he is now the 9/4 second-favourite for the role.
Middlesbrough are currently in the relegation zone of the Championship with just 10 points after as many games and after such a poor start, Wilder may be tempted to jump ship and get back to the Premier League while the opportunity is there.
Dyche on the Drift
Now that the Premier League Sack Race has its first few casualties of the season, Sean Dyche is the 16/1 third-favourite to take over from Parker at Bournemouth.
He remains in a good position to get the job and Bournemouth’s recent revival may actually have increased their chances of appointing Dyche.
The former Burnley boss did fantastic work over an extended period at Turf Moor. He does not appear to be in a huge rush to get back into management and has indicated that he intends to wait for the right opportunity to present itself.
However, speaking on a podcast recently Dyche admitted he was open to talking to the Cherries about the vacant post at the Vitality Stadium.
Dyche may have half an eye on the Aston Villa and Everton jobs though, as at least one of those could become available this season.
He may also fancy his chances at Leicester City, who are currently rock bottom in the table.
However, if Bournemouth can convince Dyche that they have a genuine chance of staying in the Premier League, that could be enough to tempt him back in.
Luton Boss Jones Remains On Their Radar
Nathan Jones is a 25/1 shot with William Hill to take the reins at the Vitality Stadium.
The Welshman did superbly in guiding Luton Town into the Championship play-offs last term, but repeating the feat will be difficult this time around.
The Hatters have won only three of their first 10 games and sit 11th in the standings ahead of their next trip to Hull City, on Friday, September 30.
Things did not go particularly well for Jones when he briefly left Luton for Stoke - he lasted for less than a year and was sacked after winning just two of the club’s first 14 matches in the 2019/20 season.
There is thus a degree of doubt over whether Jones, who has managed Luton with distinction across two spells, can thrive elsewhere, and that question mark may count against him.
Kjetil Knutsen, who led Bodo/Glimt to the quarter-finals of the Europa Conference League last term, is listed at 25/1, but it seems improbable that Bournemouth will turn to him at this juncture.
Terry Now Seems Unlikely
John Terry is a distant outsider at 25/1 with BetVictor to claim the position.
The former England captain is keen to follow his old international team-mates Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and Parker into management, but it would be a huge gamble to appoint someone who lacks any sort of frontline experience.
Terry was part of Dean Smith’s team at Aston Villa and currently works in the Chelsea academy, but that alone is not adequate preparation for a tough Premier League job.
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