Who Will Be Next To Manage In The Premier League?

Richard Smith by Richard Smith / 04 July 2011, 10:02

Premier League clubs officially began their preparations for the new season today after players reported back for pre-season training. Managers will be setting out their game-plans for the season ahead whilst new signings will be desperate to impress their new teammates at their respective teams. We have already looked at the managers who could be in line for the chop early on, but we now discuss, out of a handful of candidates, who will become the next manager to join a Premier League club in the upcoming season.

Rafa Benitez has been linked with a plethora of clubs, including the likes of Fulham and Aston Villa, since he was sacked by Inter Milan back in December 2010. As of yet none of these rumours have come to fruition, but that hasn't stopped Victor Chandler from installing the 51-year-old has the 2/1 favourite to become the next Premier League manager. The Spaniard had a successful spell in England's top flight with Liverpool, winning the Champions League, FA Cup, Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup and five Manager of the Month during his time at the club. Benitez is unlikely to join a club that isn't at least competing for a place in Europe, but if he is craving a return to management as much as the newspapers are claiming then he cannot afford to be fussy.

Mark Hughes appears to have shot himself in the foot after his surprise departure from Fulham at the start of June. It was speculated at the time that the former Wales manager left because the club because he was interested in moving to either Chelsea or Aston Villa, who were both searching for a new manager at the time. However, with both managerial vacancies snapped up by Andre Villas-Boas and Alex McLeish respectively, Hughes has been left clubless at the start of the 2011/12 season. The 47-year-old has gained little sympathy for his abrupt exit from Fulham and will now have to wait until a new opportunity arises in order to make a return to the game. Hughes currently has odds of 9/4 to become the next Premier League manager.

Since his shock departure from his beloved Aston Villa just days before the 2010/11 season, Martin O'Neill (9/2) has continuously been linked with a move back to the Premier League. To date he has remained stum over a return to management but that hasn't stopped the bookies from linking him to practically every job that crops up. Chelsea, West Ham and even former club Aston Villa have all previously been touted as possible destinations for the 59-year-old, but it appears that he is simply waiting for the right opportunity to arise. Realistically it is hard to see O'Neill coming out of retirement to join a club that isn't in the top 6, so if the likes of Harry Redknapp or Roberto Mancini were to depart early on next season then expect O'Neill's name to be in the frame.

Elsewhere Guus Hiddink is priced at 3/1, but after turning down one of the league's top teams in Chelsea, it is difficult to see the loyal Dutchman breaking his contract with the Turkish national team to join another Premier League club. At 6/1 Alan Curbishley looks good value. The 53-year-old has an abundance of Premier League experience having managed both Charlton and West Ham in the top flight. However, he has not set the league alight and could be a bit rusty having been out of the game since 2008 when he resigned from The Hammers.

Who Will Be First To Become A Premier League Manager?


  • 2/1 - Rafa Benitez

  • 9/4 - Mark Hughes

  • 3/1 - Guus Hiddink

  • 9/2 - Martin O'Neill

  • 6/1 - Alan Curbishley


All odds supplied by Victor Chandler

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