Are Blackburn really going to welcome Graeme Souness back with open arms?
Former gaffer is the current favourite for the Rovers gig
Paul Emerson Carlyle Ince today became the sixth Premier League manager to leave their post this season, in the process saving what was in danger of being a chronically slow news day (front page of The Sun: Benitez’s kidney stones; back page of The Sun: Capello wants the Wembley grass shorter). Here are the leading contenders to replace the Guv’nor at Ewood Park according to chickendinner:
Graeme Souness (best price: 5/2 with Paddy Power)
Souness took the club back into the Premier League and won the League Cup during his first spell as manager between 2000 and 2004 and starts as the early favourite to regain the position after newspaper reports over the last few days linked him to the post. He walked out of the club four years ago for Newcastle after a winless start which left Rovers in the relegation zone, and at the time it was rumoured that Souness had jumped before he was pushed.
Sam Allardyce (best price: 3/1 general)
In case you haven’t read a newspaper since January, Sam Allardyce is pretty interested in finding himself a job and having previously overachieved without spending much money at Bolton, he is a strong candidate. However, Blackburn opted for Ince over more experienced candidates like Allardyce and Steve McClaren in the summer so Big Sam may bear a grudge.
Alan Curbishley (best price: 10/1 with Paddy Power)
Two years ago Curbishley took charge of a West Ham team crippled by off-the-field problems and kept them in the Premier League. Like Allardyce he established an unfashionable team in the top-flight and since he left Charlton they have fallen more dramatically than Bolton did without Allardyce, perhaps illustrating how well he did.
Owen Coyle (best price: 20/1 with Sky Bet)
The Burnley boss has hit the headlines this season for his team’s Carling Cup victories over Chelsea and Arsenal and his price has plummeted with most bookmakers. However, Blackburn’s decision to condemn Ince as a failure may put them off appointing another manager with no Premier League experience.
Avram Grant (best price: 20/1 with Bet365)
Chelsea fans are starting to realise that maybe Avram Grant wasn’t that bad after all and the Israeli has revealed he would love to manage in the Premier League again.
Alan Shearer (best price: 20/1 with Bet365)
Shearer decided that Blackburn wasn’t a good career move for him in the summer and if he refused to go when they were a top-half side, it seems unlikely he would change his stance now. Considering his unwillingness to consider Newcastle or Blackburn earlier this season, chickendinner assumes Shearer is expecting to walk into a club in a perfectly stable and comfortable position when he finally decides to step into management. Sooner or later he will realise this isn’t going to happen and will have to stop being so picky.