Paul Tisdale a shock contender for Norwich City job

by Jack Kitson / 23 March 2017, 10:20

Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale has emerged as a shock contender to become the Next Norwich City Manager.

The 44-year-old, known as the most stylish man in football (sorry Mr Guardiola), has been slashed from a 33/1 outsider to the joint 4/1 favourite alongside the former England manager Roy Hodgson (Bet Victor).

Tisdale is currently the longest-serving manager in the Football League - he’s been at Exeter for over 10 years - while only Arsene Wenger (20+ years) has been at a club longer, if including gaffers from the Premier League.

Paul Tisdale

During his time at Exeter Tisdale has been linked with a number of other clubs, but has always remained loyal to the Grecians, but providing Norwich are keen, the chance to leap up two divisions - from League Two up to the Championship - could prove too difficult to turn down this time around.

Earlier in the season Tisdale came under immense pressure following a rotten start, with a painful 3-2 defeat to Carlisle in November - Exeter led 2-0 - leaving the club rock-bottom of the Football League with just 16 points from 17 matches.

However, Tisdale then conjured up a remarkable turnaround in results, leading The Grecians to 10 wins and zero defeats from their following 12 games, accumulating 32 points in the process, which propelled the club up to 4th spot and within just four points of the automatic promotion places.

Exeter may have been rather patchy since those 12 games, winning only two of the last nine, however they remain in the play-offs (7th), although the likes of Blackpool, Mansfield, Wycombe and Colchester are hot on their heels.

Tisdale previously led Exeter up to League One in 2008/09 and considering he has the chance to achieve that feat once again, it’s difficult to envision him leaving the Devon outfit with just eight games of the standard season to go.

However, should Norwich be interested in his services come the summer, then his 10+ association with Exeter could well come to an end.

Meanwhile other names in the betting include Hodgson, Ryan Giggs, Alan Irvine, and Alan Pardew.

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