Roy Hodgson favourite for Norwich City job

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 15 March 2017, 09:41

Norwich City’s decision to axe Alex Neil last Friday in turn triggered off three more Championship switches, as Derby replaced Steve McClaren with Gary Rowett, Wigan terminated the contract of Warren Joyce and promoted Graham Barrow, while Nottingham Forest demoted Gary Brazil and lured over Mark Warburton.

However, it’s Norwich who are still managerless.

It quickly became evident that the Canaries had no plan in place when they sacked Neil, and they’ve already missed out on two high quality Championship gaffers in Rowett and Warburton, while they reportedly aren't interested in former Crystal Palace, West Ham and Newcastle managers in Alan Pardew (23/10).

But, there’s now a new favourite sitting at the top of the Next Norwich City Manager Market, although it may not be a name the supporters crave.

Bookmakers have this morning (Wednesday) installed Roy Hodgson as the new frontrunner to replace Alex Neil, with the former England boss dipping just under evens with Sky Bet (10/11).

Hodgson has been out in the wilderness since leaving The Three Lions in the summer following the disastrous exit from Euro 2016.

The veteran gaffer, who has been in and out of the managerial arena since 1976, has previously taken charge of the likes of Liverpool. Fulham, West Brom, Inter Milan and Blackburn, while he was most recently linked with Leicester, who in the end appointed interim boss Craig Shakespeare until the end of the season.

Hodgson, who is chummy with Norwich shareholder Delia Smith, is now considering whether to return to the dugout with a Championship club that are now eight points adrift of the play-offs after failing to win any of their last six matches.

Meanwhile, Stuart Pearce, a 33/1 outsider on Tuesday, can now be backed at 7/2 to return to the dugout with Norwich.

Elsewhere, the club’s interim boss Alan Irvine doesn’t want the job permanently, whereas the unemployed Nigel Pearson is definitely worth checking out at 25/1, just forget his spell in charge of Derby…




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