After a relatively static few days, the next Swindon Town manager market suddenly burst into life on Tuesday night.
First off, John McGreal was cut from 20/1 to just 4/1. Then, shortly after, John Sheridan was swiftly installed as the new favourite in the betting, with the current Wigan incumbent now the odds-on favourite to switch League One clubs.
McGreal has subsequently drifted back out to 20/1, whereas Robins caretaker Noel Hunt - who had been the favourite for the permanent position ever since Richie Wellens departed for Salford City - is now priced at 16/1.
In another twist, Sol Campbell’s odds were trimmed to 5/4. The former Southend and Macclesfield manager is also being linked with both Tranmere (6/1) and Sheffield Wednesday (16/1). So that’s three teams in three different leagues that he’s currently in contention for!
But back to Sheridan.
The experienced manager has been plying his trade in the dugout for nearly 20 years now, during which he’s overseen the likes of Oldham, Chesterfield and Plymouth. He returned to the EFL in September as Wigan’s new manager, vacating his post at Irish side Waterford FC in the process.
While Sheridan’s abrupt presence in the Swindon market on Tuesday night may have initially come as a surprise, on closer inspection it perhaps isn’t, as Swindon chairman Lee Power just so happens to be the chairman of Waterford FC too.
So, there’s the link.
Meanwhile, journalist Alan Nixon has revealed on Twitter that Swindon’s interest in Sheridan, who is on a short-term deal at Wigan, is very real.
In the blink of an eye John Sheridan has been cut from a 20/1 outsider to a 3/1 major contender for the Swindon Town job.— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) November 10, 2020
Sheridan is currently in charge of Wigan, a job he's held since September 👔
Odds subject to change I BeGambleAware I 18+#WAFC #STFC
Swindon are currently one place above the League One relegation zone, two points ahead of rock-bottom Wigan, who suffered a shock FA Cup home defeat to Chorley over the weekend.
“It is probably the worst result of my managerial career, if I'm going to be truthful,” Sheridan said after the game.
Wigan are next in action tonight (Wednesday) away to Tranmere in the EFL Trophy, and at the time of writing there’s been no news that Sheridan won’t be in the dugout for the clash.
However, if he does leave Wigan, the Swindon post will remarkably be his eleventh job in just over five years.