McClaren, Adkins and Poyet emerge as new favourites to take Birmingham vacancy

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Whenever a manager gets the boot, the betting companies have a field day. We’ve seen the likes of Nigel Pearson, Aitor Karanka, Alan Pardew make up the odds this week and even Tommy Shelby has had a look-in!

However, new names are always thrown into the mix as the markets settle and that is definitely the case today.

Here are the new favourites to take the Birmingham job:

Steve McLaren

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Former England boss Steve McClaren has fallen from 16/1 to 5/1 with one bookmaker.

McClaren is currently a coaching consultant with Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv, so a return to the country will suit him well.

It’s worth noting Blues make the short trip to Derby on Saturday. Could we see the former boss face our former boss Gary Rowett in the dugouts?

Nigel Adkins

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Nigel Adkins has recently surged into being one of the favourites for all bookmakers to take the job.

Adkins has been out of work since being sacked by Sheffield United in May 2016, but has emerged as a shock contender.

Only former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka, caretaker boss Lee Carsley and former Blues assistant Steve Cotterill are ahead of him in the running.

One thing we do know is Adkins knows this league very well, after guiding Southampton to the top tier in 2012.

With odds of 7/2 with some bookies, it’s no surprise he has been the most popular bet across all UK markets in the last 24 hours.

Gus Poyet

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What about Gus Poyet? Only one bookmaker priced him yesterday, at 20/1, but now five have got odds on Poyet, with one bookie making him 6/1.

The former Sunderland and Brighton boss Gus Poyet recently resigned as manager of Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

The former Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder was expected to build on the club’s third place finish when hired in November 2016. Could we see him at St Andrew’s?

It’s also worth looking at Alan Pardew, who has been priced up at best odds of 14/1 and has received the fourth most bets on the market in the past 12 hours, suggesting his odds may yet fall further.

Lee Carsley has still seen a heavy influx of bets as his odds haven’t changed from second-favourite 2/1 yesterday, while favourite Aitor Karanka’s odds have also remained similar, hovering around 6/4, but the candidates above have emerged and are drawing interest from punters.

Updated odds here: https://www.oddschecker.com/football/football-specials/birmingham/next-permanent-manager

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