Spurs fans want Hoddle back after Villas-Boas dismissal
It’s a bit of a mystery to me why anybody would want to work for some of these Premier League owners in the first place (okay, it’s the money, stupid!), let alone go back to a place where you have already been dumped on from a great height.
But here we are in the midst of another managerial merry-go-round and two of the main names in the frame for the posts at Tottenham and West Brom are two men who have already been sacked by those clubs.
Glen Hoddle is 6/1 with Coral to be the next Spurs manager behind interim boss Tim Sherwood (5/2 favourite), Michael Laudrup and Fabio Capello (both 4/1) and judging by the reaction of both fans and ex-players like Gary Lineker, the White Hart Lane icon would be an extremely popular choice.
Hoddle, also a former England boss, of course, is viewed by many as wasted doing TV punditry – he should be back working behind a manager’s desk and out on the training pitch, doing what he does best. The 56-year-old has been out of football management since leaving Wolves seven years ago.
Sherwood, who will be helped by assistants Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand, is also a popular figure at the Lane and it seems that he might well be given the job on a full-time basis if he makes a good fist of it over the next few weeks.
Jurgen Klinsmann (16/1), is another old Spurs favourite, but the USA’s head coach has just signed a new deal, which would appear to rule him out.
Steve Clarke’s dismissal at the Hawthornes means that 25% of the top clubs have parted with their managers before the halfway stage of the season – pretty brutal even by Premier League standards.
The West Brom manager market is pretty wide open, too, with former Baggies boss Roberto di Matteo Coral’s 7/1 third favourite behind Gianfranco Zola (3/1) and Martin Jol (5/1). Keith Downing is taking temporary charge, but Coral make the promoted assistant 25/1 to be given the role on a permanent basis.
Zola leaving Watford just at this time may be a coincidence and punters might be adding up two and two to make five, but you could see the players and the fans rallying round another popular figure if he gets the gig.
Interestingly, Malky Mackay (8/1) is also prominent in the market and you do wonder just how long it will be before he either says enough is enough and walks out on Cardiff or alternatively is sacked by the Welsh club’s controversial owner to become the sixth Premier League manager to lose his job before Christmas.