McCarthy favourite to replace sacked Coyle
MICK McCARTHY, the former Wolves, Sunderland and Ireland manager, is the 5-2 favourite with Ladbrokes to replace Owen Coyle as the new Bolton boss after the Scot was sacked by the Lancashire club.
Reports in the press over the last couple of days have also suggested Roy Keane as a potential replacement for Coyle and he’s been installed at 12-1 with BetVictor.
Both McCarthy and Keane have achieved promotion from the Championship before, which ultimately is Bolton’s aim after their relegation from the Premier League last season ended their 11-year spell in the top flight.
Other potential contenders for the job are Alex McLeish and Alan Curbishley, who have also achieved promotion from the second tier of English football.
McLeish is as short as 5-1 with Coral but BetVictor quote him at 14-1, while Coral go 16-1 that Curbishley will be the Trotters' next manager. Sammy Lee, who is 12-1 and 20-1 Phil Brown have also been priced up to take over from Coyle having both worked at Bolton previously.
Chairman Phil Gartside cited the main reason for Coyle’s dismissal was recent results and failing to reach the targets set out at the beginning of the season.
An immediate return to the Premier League was the priority, but their odds of achieving promotion this season are now out to 5-1 with BetVictor and Boylesports with the club currently languishing in 18th with just 11 points from ten matches.
Alternatively, a second successive relegation is 33-1 with BetVictor, while bet365 are 11-10 that Coyle's next job is in the Championship and he is 13-2 to return in the Premier League.