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Now Frank De Boer Is The Favourite ! Although A New Name Emerges !
Thursday, 23rd Jun 2016 16:56

The leadership board of the bookies odds on the next Saints manager seems to be changing hands on the hour every hour as yet another name assumes the mantle of favourite to take over the helm at St Mary's

The week started with Manuel Pellegrini then switched to Jurgen Klinsmann, but his odds have taken a trademark dive and now its Frank De Boer in the pole position.

De Boer's odds have shortened to as low as 6/4 although if you are quick you might get 5/1, Manuel Pellegrini is in second place, Claude Puel in third with Klinsmann now down to fourth after a rash of betting on him yesterday.

Apart from that the rest of the pack is virtually unchanged, although for some reason Francis Benali has shortened to 25/1, the same odds at Rudi Garcia and lower than Eddie Howe and Walter Zenga.

But coming into the running with odds as low as 10/1 is Marco Silva, who you may ask ?

Silva has resigned this very day from being manager of Greek club Olympiacos, he did so after only one season in charge for personal reasons, but it was a great season for the Athens club who ironically play in red & white stripes which saw them equal the European record of consecutive domestic wins in the 21st century (17) and win the Greek title at a canter with six games remaining.

At 38 Silva is a little young and inexperienced given that after 3 years managing Estoril in his native Portugal he moved to Sporting Lisbon winning the Portugese cup, the clubs first trophy in 7 years.

Bizarrely he was sacked days later with what was described by Sporting as "Just Cause" that being not wearing the club's official suit in a cup game.

Why he has suddenly jumped into the rankings is unclear with the only real reason perhaps being his sudden resignation making the bookies jumpy.

NB. Whilst typing this story DE Boer was leapfrogged by Claude Puel, Silva's odds have also dropped, which just goes to show the crazy situation at the moment.

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SaintBen added 17:05 - Jun 23
The Nottingham Post seems to believe that Marco Silva will be taking over at Forest shortly...

Supasaint9 added 17:17 - Jun 23
Not for Saints Nick

BoondockSaint added 17:23 - Jun 23
Echo just said Pellegrini is out and Klinsmann was never considered.
I really thought we were a really attractive job-yet no one loves us?

SanMarco added 17:40 - Jun 23
I think e.g. the Benali and some of the other joke ones + the way those definitely out are still staying near the top shows that very little money is being laid. If I was to now put a tenner on Franny he'd probably come in to 20 to 1

Puel is, I think, now the only one of the leading 'contenders' who hasn't been 'ruled out'.

I don't think it is that no-one loves us Boondock - it is just that as usual in a news vacuum people are just making it up.

SanMarco added 17:45 - Jun 23
Was just going to waste a tenner on Benali to test my theory out and he has disappeared from Oddschecker (I too saw him there earlier). The due diligence must have ruled him out I expect.

the_saint added 18:38 - Jun 23
The suspense is killing me, just imagine a summer without all this. How boring would that be? Would have to sit down with the wife talking about her day.

ChristchurchSaint added 21:27 - Jun 23
Laurent Blanc has been sacked by PSG tonight- presumably so they can employ Emery. Could he now enter the frame?

Dikki_Gutz added 13:42 - Jun 24
Silva has just been ruled out due to steep rises in Greek air travel costs overnight.

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