After Nathan Jones got sacked by Stoke City yesterday, we’ve taken a look at who are favourites for the job at the bet365 Stadium.
The Potters currently sit second from bottom of the Championship table. Rory Delap (first team coach), Kevin Russell (u23/academy manager) and Andy Quy (goalkeeping coach) will take charge of first-team affairs. Take a look at who are the top six favourites below and on the next page.
6) DAVID MOYES
David Moyes was most recently manager of West Ham United, he came in mid-season and kept them up with two games left.
He hasn’t got the best record, having a 29% win rating at the Hammers and won eight games out of 43 with Sunderland.
He’s also managed Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Everton.
Current odds on Sky Bet: 20/1
5) ALAN PARDEW
Alan Pardew has been without a job since April 2018 when he sacked by West Brom and since then he’s stayed relatively quiet in where is future lies next.
It hasn’t stopped the former Palace, Newcastle, Southampton, Charlton, West Ham and Reading boss from featuring in the bookies lists for other managerial jobs. He’s been favourites for Brighton and Huddersfield.
Current odds on Sky Bet: 20/1
4) TONY PULIS
Reports had emerged that Stoke could turn to Pulis, who spent seven years at the club and has been out of work since leaving Boro in May after they failed to win promotion back to the Premier League.
The club announced that the 61-year-old’s contract would not be extended following a meeting with chairman Steve Gibson in the aftermath of the campaign which saw them finish a point outside the playoff places.
Pulis, who took over in December 2017, led Boro to the play-off semi-finals in the 2017/18 season but lost to Aston Villa.
Since then, he said: “I have enjoyed the break.
“A few months off reinvigorates you, but I will still go to football every Saturday. I will keep my toe lightly dipped in the water and we will see what happens.”
He turned down an offer from abroad in the last few months as he wanted extra holiday, but has been in contact with “one or two people” about opportunities.
“The question will be, is it a challenge worth taking?” Pulis says. “Is it a challenge that tickles me in terms of getting out there and getting my hands dirty again?
“I am quite happy to wait and see what comes up. I will play it by ear.”
“You have to accept it is going to be short term unless you are very, very fortunate,” he says.
“Years ago you could go to a club, spend some time there and build it up.
“But it’s very difficult now to get any longevity because, irrespective of how well you have done, there will always be people, especially with the internet, who can do better than you.
“They expect more, expect more and expect more.”
Current odds on Sky Bet: 10/1
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