The managerial merry-go-round in the Championship is always a sight to behold. This year’s annual ‘silly season’ is well underway, and a total of seven managers have already tasted the axe this term. Add to that Paul Warne — who left Rotherham United after six-and-a-half years in charge to take over at League One Derby County — and Alex Neill, who swapped the Stadium of Light for Stoke City, and it’s a grand total of nine vacancies that needed filling. Oddschecker, which compares odds and provides free football offers, have made Burnley favourites for the title making an immediate return to the Premier League in the process, and they had a vacancy of their own to fill in the summer.
The Clarets of course went with former Premier League-winning captain Vincent Kompany. But there are still two jobs up for grabs in the second tier of English football. Here are the favourites for the jobs at both clubs…
Cardiff City – Mark Hudson 1/2
Cardiff City parted company with former manager Steve Morison following a 1-0 defeat away at then-managerless Huddersfield Town on 17th September. A poor run of form left the club from the Welsh capital down in 18th. In their hour of need, the club turned to former captain Mark Hudson to lead the club through uncertain waters. And it looked like that was a masterstroke.
The former centre-back went unbeaten in his first three games in charge, winning two of them, but since then, poor results have followed and defeat away at local rivals Swansea City left them languishing in 20th in the table. Regardless, however, Hudson remains the favourite to secure the job on a full-time basis.
Hull City – Liam Rosenior 4/9
Former Rangers striker Shota Arveladze was relieved of his duties as Hull boss in unusual circumstances, on match day before the 2-0 defeat at home to Luton Town. Since then, former fullback Andy Dawson has taken interim charge and he has led the club to three victories in their last five. He isn’t the favourite to keep the job full-time, however.
That honour goes to another former player, Liam Rosenior. The 38-year-old was in temporary charge at Derby County up until he was replaced by Paul Warne at Pride Park, but it doesn’t look like he will be out of work for long, with a job offer from MKM Stadium seemingly around the corner.