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Mark Hughes would do well to listen to the parable of Big Sam. Sam Allardyce was one of the most promising managers in English football and one of the leading contenders for the national team job at one point until he decided to leave his club Bolton for a team who finished lower in the table and had an impatient chairman. Now poor Sam finds his reputation in tatters.

For Hughes, a wrong move could prove even more costly because right now his future looks even more promising than Allardyce’s did. He’s a leading contender for the Chelsea job, and second favourite to take over at Old Trafford when Sir Alex Ferguson retires. Would he really throw it all away by going to their local rivals?

The bookies seem to think Hughes’ next paycheck will be stamped by Shinawatra – take a look at the frontunners for the City job below, then place your bets with chickendinner

Mark Hughes – 4/11
Despite being considered a contender for the Chelsea job, Hughes is now the odds-on favourite to take over at Manchester City. But Hughes’ Blackburn finished above City this season and have a much more patient chairman so would it really be a step in the right direction for the former Wales manager?
Verdict: Could be career suicide

Luis Felipe Scolari – 9/1
Scolari’s odds on becoming Chelsea manager have lengthened and given his lack of European club football experience then Manchester City might be a better starting point, with Shinawatra in a position to offer a competitive pay packet.
Verdict: In the running

Avram Grant – 14/1
After having a taste of English football, Grant may be desperate for more and for the opportunity to show Chelsea they were wrong to sack him. However would Shinawatra value the job Grant did at Chelsea and would the Israeli want to work with another trigger-happy chairman?
Verdict: Definitely a contender


To see the rest of the candidates and to bet, pay a visit to chickendinner


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