For the third December in a row, Swansea City have decided to react to a disappointing start to the season by handing their manager his P45.
While a run of eight defeats and just one win in 10 matches did little to suggest Paul Clement should remain in the job, he was not helped by the availability of one particularly strong replacement candidate, or so it seemed.
An early favourite, but not anymore
Out of work since leaving West Bromwich Albion last month, Tony Pulis was around even money (2.00) favourite with Betfair Sportsbook to return to his native Wales on a rescue mission but that price has now drifted out to 4/1 (5.0)
Having steered Stoke City, Crystal Palace and West Brom clear of relegation in recent years, the 59-year-old would surely represent a safe pair of hands for a Swans team that finds itself four points adrift of safety at the foot of the table.
However, the one factor counting against Pulis is a rather pragmatic style of play that is unlikely to go down well at the Liberty Stadium, where the crowd has been more accustomed to a passing game over the past few seasons.
Giggs the potential dark horse
With this in mind, a board that previously took a chance on the untested Garry Monk may instead look at giving Ryan Giggs his first step into management, with the Manchester United legend available at 20/1 (21.00) to take the reins.
Britton handed the reigns for now
With games coming thick and fast over the festive period, Leon Britton has been in temporary charge of first team affairs. The 35-year-old only took over as Clement's assistant after Claude Makelele left in Novmeber but he's 14/1 (15.0) to secure the role on a permanent basis.
Koeman or Bilic set for a return?
The early support has been for another familiar face with Ronald Koeman now priced at 5/2 (3.50) to make a swift return to the Premier League with Swansea, having been sacked by Everton back in October.
Likewise, Slaven Bilic has been popular in the market, with the former Hammers boss now contest favouritism at 5/2 (3.50) as punters expect a familiar face to arrive at the Liberty Stadium in the coming days.
Louis van Gaal has also been linked with the role but is available at a much bigger 10/1 (11.0) to take on the Premier League strugglers.
Having impressed with both of the Irish national teams respectively, Michael O’Neill and Martin O’Neill are each available at 14/1 (15.00) to return to club management as Clement’s replacement.
Looking further afield, Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonseca 14/1 (15.00) would certainly represent an ambitious appoint for the Premier League’s bottom club, although the fact that he was reportedly refused permission to talk to Everton suggests that such ambition would be misplaced.
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