Alan Pardew slashed in next Middlesbrough manager marketby Jack Kitson / 27 March 2017, 15:10Tweet
It's been just under a fortnight since Aitor Karanka became the sixth Premier League managerial casualty of the season. The Spaniard was axed by relegation-threatened Middlesbrough following a 10 match winless run, with Steve Agnew placed in caretaker charge of the club.
Agnew has been the odds-on favourite for the job since the day after Karanka was given the boot, and can currently be found as short as 2/5 in the betting.
In the last two weeks Paul Ince, Harry Redknapp, Steve McClaren, Nigel Pearson and Bryan Robson have all been linked with the club, while today (Monday) Alan Pardew has been slashed from a 33/1 outsider to an 8/1 contender (Bet365).
The Silver Fox has been out-of-work since December when he became the second victim of this season's Sack Race. Pards was sacked by struggling Crystal Palace in the days before Christmas after registering just 26 points from 36 matches in 2016.
The Eagles replaced Pardew with Sam Allardyce, who got off to a slow start, but has since led his troops to four wins in six, while they've been victorious in each of their last three games.
Pardew has recently been linked with Rangers, and the Norwich City vacancy, but has drifted out to 25/1 (Bet Victor) in the latter, although Paddy Power have him priced at 8/1 to be the man who replaces Alex Neil.
Whether Pardew is interested in the Boro job is open to debate, but some supporters may not be overjoyed with the link considering that he previously managed their North East rivals Newcastle for three years.
Middlesbrough fans, would you like to see Alan Pardew at your club?— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) March 27, 2017
The Silver Fox has gone from a 33/1 outsider to an 8/1 contender#Boro