Hughes Loses His Final Lifeline

Last updated : 07 January 2018 By Footy Mad - Editor

Martin O'Neill and Gary Rowett are heading the odds in Sky Bet’s next Stoke City manager market after Mark Hughes was sacked following Stoke's exit from the FA Cup.

Image result for Newcastle Mark HughesRepublic of Ireland manager O’Neill is the 6/4 join-favourite with Sky Bet to replace Mark Hughes as the Potters step up their search for a replacement for the man who led them for four-and-a-half years, with Derby County boss Gary Rowett the other leading candidate.

Slaven Bilic and Ryan Giggs are also in contention.

Martin O'Neill (6/4)
O'Neill was installed as 5/1 favourite to success Hughes on Saturday, but the odds on the former Sunderland, Aston Villa and Leicester boss returning to Premier League management for the first time since being sacked by the Black Cats in March 2013 have now been cut to 6/4.

Gary Rowett (6/4)
The former Birmingham City boss has impressed since being appointed by Derby County in March of last year, guiding the club to second in the Sky Bet Championship just past the midway stage, and his odds to succeed Hughes have shortened from 16/1 on Saturday to 6/4.

Slaven Bilic (12/1)
The Croatian experienced a difficult final 18 months in charge at West Ham despite impressing in his debut season and turned down the opportunity to talk to West Brom about their managerial vacancy after Tony Pulis was sacked in November. Bilic is third-favourite at 12/1.

Ryan Giggs (14/1)
Giggs has been linked with a host of vacant managerial roles since leaving Manchester United in 2016, and his odds are 14/1 to take up the reigns of a Premier League side for the first time since a caretaker stint at Old Trafford in the wake of David Moyes' departure in 2014.