Former Wolves boss Paul Lambert linked with Hull, Sunderland and Borussia Dortmundby Jack Kitson / 31 May 2017, 11:44Tweet
The now unemployed Paul Lambert will no doubt be disappointed with how the whole Wolves saga came to an end, but in a way he may be relieved, and on the plus side he features in a whole host of next manager markets, meaning he could be on the verge of making a swift return to the dugout.
At the time of writing the seemingly in-demand Scot is present in no fewer than eight markets, including the likes of Hull, Sunderland and even Borussia Dortmund who axed Thomas Tuchel on Tuesday.
So, where will he end up?
Lambert, who previously led Norwich up to the Premier League, is currently being linked with the three relegated clubs - Hull, Sunderland and Middlesbrough - who are each on the hunt for a new manager as they bid to orchestrate an instant return to the top-flight.
Of the three clubs it’s 6/1 priced Hull who appear the most likely to acquire Lambert’s signature. The Tigers fans will be disappointed at losing Marco Silva to Watford, but there’s no shortage of options in the Next Hull Manager Market, with the likes of Nigel Adkins, David Moyes and even Leonard Slutsky in the mix.
Sunderland (14/1) could be a viable option for Lambert, although it’s Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes who is currently the odds-on favourite for the post, while former Leeds head coach Garry Monk is as short 1/2 for Middlesbrough.
Alternatively, Lambert is a 20/1 long shot for the Leeds vacancy, but if reports are to be believed then it’s Aitor Karanka who will be the man to replace Monk.
The International Arena
Lambert may fancy a complete change of scene by venturing off into the managerial arena with Scotland. Gordon Strachan’s future in charge of the Tartan Army remains up in the air, and the pressure gauge will only be ramped up should the Scots suffer a damaging 2018 World Cup qualifying defeat to fierce rivals England in 10 days time.
Should Strachan’s four-and-a-half-year tenure come to an end this summer, it’s former Sunderland boss David Moyes who’s currently the 4/1 frontrunner in the betting, ahead of Alex McLeish, while Lambert’s certainly an intriguing name to ponder at 8/1.
A Return To Borussia Dortmund
What a sensational switch this would be! From the Championship with Wolves to the Champions League with German giants Borussia Dortmund.
On first glance many may be wondering why on earth Lambert is a 16/1 shot to replace Tuchel at Dortmund, but it’s important to note that the 47-year-old is remembered fondly for his brief spell as a player at the Westfalenstadion.
Lambert, a defensive midfielder, memorably helped Dortmund lift the 1997 Champions League trophy - the club’s one and only European Cup - assisting the opening goal (see video below) in a 3-1 victory over a Juventus side which featured the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Didier Deschamps and Christian Vieri.
But, whether nostalgia is enough to bag Lambert the BVB job is unlikely, with reports indicating that Dortmund have set their sights on Nice boss Lucien Favre.
Lambert’s assist at 50 seconds: