Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Ferguson shock favourite for Oldham job

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 26 September 2017, 10:35

There’s already been seven managerial casualties in England’s top-4 leagues, but this tally could be increased to eight with Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Ferguson the shock 1/3 favourite to switch League One dugouts to Oldham Athletic.

On Monday rock-bottom Oldham parted ways with John Sheridan for the third time after registering only four points from nine third-tier games this season, a poor return which leaves the Latics rooted to the foot of the table.

Nancy boss Pablo Correa, rookie Ryan Giggs, and ex Northampton gaffer Justin Edinburgh were a few of the early contenders in the immediate aftermath of Sheridan's departure, however it’s now Ferguson who has unexpectedly been propelled to the summit of the betting.

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Sir Alex Ferguson’s son was cut from 16/1 to as short as 1/3 to make a surprise switch from Yorkshire to Greater Manchester, in a move that would not go down too well with the Rovers faithful.

Ferguson, who has had spells in charge of Peterborough (twice) and Preston, took charge of Doncaster two years ago. The 45-year-old was unable to keep Rovers in League One, but orchestrated an instant return to the third-tier last term, finishing 3rd behind Champions Portsmouth and runners-up Plymouth.

Rovers have since recorded nine points from their opening nine games, with Saturday’s 3-0 win at Plymouth bringing an end to a six match winless run.

Tonight (Tuesday) Ferguson’s potential new employers Oldham lock horns with his former side Peterborough, with interim boss Richie Wellens - a 16/1 shot for the permanent job - in charge for the clash as he attempts to lead the Latics to only their second win of the campaign.

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