SkyBet make Brendan Rodgers the favourite to replace Roy Hodgson as England manager.
Let that sink in for a minute. Rodgers nearly took Liverpool to the Premier League title in 2013-14, but left 18 months later a bit of a laughing stock, because of his transfer record and hilarious soundbites.
But the Northern Irishman is the 4/1 frontrunner with SkyBet to succeed Hodgson, whose contract with the Football Association, reportedly worth £5m a year, expires after Euro 2016 this summer.
Gary Neville, one of Hodgson’s assistants, had been tipped to inherit the throne, but his difficult introduction to management at Valencia has knocked the Manchester United legend back to 8/1.
Crystal Palace’s Alan Pardew and Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe are two of the best-performing English managers in the Premier League. They also appear to be in the frame at 9/1 and 10/1 respectively.
What if the FA were to look at a foreign manager again? Mauricio Pochettino is 10/1 to work with his crop of young Tottenham Hotspur stars at international level, and Jose Mourinho the same price.
The sacked Chelsea boss is expected to take over at Manchester United in the summer, but these odds suggest that he might have an attractive alternative, if he misses out on the Old Trafford gig.
Arsene Wenger’s future at Arsenal is coming under increasing scrutiny as Gunners fans pine for change. The 66-year-old is a 25/1 long shot, along with David Moyes, Garry Monk and Sam Allardyce.
Other outside bets include David Beckham and England women’s boss Mark Sampson at 66/1, and John Terry, Steven Gerrard and Sven-Goran Eriksson at 100/1. Suddenly Rodgers doesn’t sound so bad.
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