So just who’s the favourite now?
I don’t know….but that doesn’t make for much of a post though. It’s all gone a little quiet after the Solksjaer incident, and since then I’ve heard numerous names mentioned. The talk is that Randy is trying to make things happen, and I quite like the fact that we’re not hearing much. This is how it should have been with the Solksjaer pursuit, and we might not hear anything until right before the new man is announced. Annoying for us glued to our laptops, but at least it seems the board are trying to get this one right.
Looking at the latest odds (not that they mean anything in truth) it seems they haven’t got much of an inking either. Here are the latest on Skybet, and as you can see there are a whole host of names relatively short priced.
Roberto Martinez 3/1
Paul Lambert 3/1
Rafael Benitez 6/1
Gus Poyet 6/1
Gary McAllister 8/1
Simon Grayson 11/1
Alan Curbishley 11/1
Roberto Di Matteo 12/1
Glen Hoddle 12/1
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 16/1
Kevin MacDonald 16/1
Domingos Paciencia 20/1
Andre Villas Boas 25/1
Ian Holloway 25/1
Some of these I like, some I hate and some I just couldn’t see happening. Martinez and Lambert have been up there for most of this process, but as I type this a photo has surfaced of Martinez and Liverpool owner John Henry in Miami so who knows that might be one off the list soon enough.
Lambert has appeared to say no without really saying no, but if he does and Martinez does indeed take the Liverpool job it leaves us in an interesting position, and I hope we don’t go for a safer option. Poyet would still appeal to many, myself included and while I’m not too familiar with names like Paciencia, I’d still take him over a lot of the other names on the list. Lots of talk of money coming in for Benitez, and his odds have tumbled the last day or so. As we’ve seen (Mick McCarthy) this might mean very little, and I’m not sure how I’d feel if we were to plump for him. He is a bigger name, and after supposedly turning us down due to lack of finances last year it might be a positive sign that Randy will get the chequebook out once again.
I really can’t figure out who we’re going to go for, and going by our last two appointments there might be a few surprises yet.
Let’s hope it’s a pleasant one this time around.