The brief for whoever is to succeed Megson as manager at the Reebok Stadium will be something along the lines of “keep us up”, but who is in contention to take the job?
Peter Reid is the market leader. The former Everton and England midfielder last managed an English side when he was in charge of Coventry City back in 2005 before having a spell as manager of the Thailand National side.
He was last in charge of a Premier League side when he managed to guide Leeds away from relegation in the 2002-3 season but was sacked in November 2003 after being forced to sell most of his best players, including Harry Kewell, when the side went into financial meltdown.
He is currently assistant manager at Stoke City under Tony Pulis which may work in his favour if he were to be interested in the Bolton job as his current team would be unlikely to stand in his way if he chose to leave. The Bolton board may also view the fact he’s currently employed by another Premier League as an advantage. Reid is currently trading at 5.2 , having been matched at a high of 10.0.
One man who won’t need any sort of negotiating with his current employers if he were to be offered the job is Paul Jewell. The former Wigan boss has been out of work since leaving Derby County at the end of the 2008 season and his CV boasts the fact that he famously steered Wigan clear of relegation against the odds in the 2007 season by beating Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on the last day of the season. Bolton may view his experience of beating the drop as a huge bonus, which might explain why he’s the 7.0 second-favourite.
Next in the betting comes a man who if appointed, would make history. If Darren Ferguson were to be appointed, he’d be the first man to manage a Premier League team in a Premier League match against a side managed by his father. Bolton host Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United on the 27th March and at present the former Peterborough boss is chalked up at 9.4 on Betfair.
Other men in the running include Mark Hughes (16.0) who has only been out of work for two weeks since leaving Manchester City, Alan Curbishley (10.5) and Steve Coppell (22.0). Burnley’s Owen Coyle is the only runner in the market who is currently managing another Premier league club and trading at single figures (9.0)in the market but the price looks on the short side.
Coyle enjoyed a successful playing career with Bolton but is thought to be unlikely to want to move from one relegation dogfight with Burnley (2.38 for the drop) to another (Bolton are 4.0 to go down). And he’s said as much: “I feel very privileged to be manager of a wonderful football club. I think the players enjoy working for me, the fans like coming and we are trying to build something here. I have no intention of being the manager of Bolton Wanderers.”
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