Dennis Bergkamp has emerged as a shock contender to succeed Brendan Rodgers at Swansea. On Tuesday the Arsenal legend had his odds slashed as he became one of the favourites in the Next Swansea Manager betting market. The Swans’ manager search has now really started to hot up as they look to take a step closer to replacing the departed Rodgers.
The betting is extremely close at the moment with the bookmakers’ odds showing four main contenders: Bergkamp, Michael Laudrup, Graeme Jones and Ian Holloway, with Gus Poyet and Marcel Desailly also believed to be in the mix. Bergkamp, who is currently working as assistant manager to Frank De Boer at Ajax, was installed as the narrow favourite on Tuesday after having his odds cut from 20/1 down to around the 6/4 mark. Whether it is merely speculation linking him to the post is unknown but what is certain is that the former Arsenal striker is currently driving the rumour mill into overload.
Graeme Jones, a former Swansea assistant manager, was the early favourite in the betting but talks have reportedly broken down with himself and the Welsh club, with Jones believed to be happy in his current position as assistant to Roberto Martinez at Wigan. Meanwhile Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is now being linked to the vacancy. The charismatic boss has Premier League experience with the Tangerines and may be tempted by a move to the Liberty Stadium after Blackpool lost out in the play-offs to West Ham. Elsewhere the former Denmark boss Michael Laudrup is also attracting attention. The Barcelona legend has been out of work since quitting Mallorca in September 2011 and is reportedly keen to test himself in the Premier League.