Next Leicester City Manager Betting: Martin O'Neill bursts back into contention

Andy Dillon by Andy Dillon / 06 July 2015, 10:08

Martin O'NeillThe betting on who will become the Next Leicester City Manager is proving to be an extremely competitive, with four gaffers currently battling it out to replace the sacked Nigel Pearson at the King Power Stadium.

Last week veteran gaffer Guss Hiddink and Bolton boss Neil Lennon were locked in a duel at the summit of the market, however they have since been joined by Bristol City's Steve Cotterill and the former Foxes manager Martin O'Neill, with little separating the quadruple.

After Pearson was hurled out of the door O'Neill instantly emerged as one of the early favourites for the post, however he quickly drifted out of contention, and was as long as 25/1 on Sunday (Bet Victor). However, the 63-year-old has now burst back into the frame (3/1 Sky Bet), joining Hiddink, Lennon, and Steve Cotterill in the top cluster of candidates.

O'Neill famously managed Leicester between 1995 and 2000, leading the club to promotion up to the Premier Leaguer, and then two League Cup successes. The Ulsterman has since managed the likes of Celtic, Aston Villa, Sunderland, and now the Republic of Ireland, with whom he took charge of in 2013.

O'Neill is currently attempting to lead the Irish through to Euro 2016, with his troops 4th in Group D with four games remaining. The Derryman is believed to be committed to The Green Army, however his head will no doubt be turned should Leicester's Thai owners make a formal approach for his services. Watch this space.


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