Last night I was gearing up to write a post about the next manager to lose his job, when l heard that Swansea had sacked Michael Laudrup.
At first I was very surprised, but after reading some of the comments from Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins, I get the feeling they weren’t all pulling in the same direction.
Anyway, onto the betting, and there is not much to report in this market at the moment. Swansea have said that Gary Monk will be put in charge for the foreseeable future, and as a result betting markets seem to be fairly thin on the ground for the next permanent Swansea manager.
Only William Hill (£25.00 Free Bet for new customers) are offering a market at the moment, and that is who will be in charge on the first day of next season. At the moment they have Gary Monk at 2/7 favourite, and Graeme Jones (the presumed first choice) at 7/1, which might not be the worst bet in the world.
Huw Jenkins is a long term fan of Jones and has tried to persuade him to take the job three times in the past.
Asking Gary Monk to take over for the foreseeable future buys Huw Jenkins some extra time to try and persuade Jones to take the job, and also allows him to wait until the end of the season (if necessary).
Swansea are a stable club who don’t go in for huge upheaval and change for the sake of change though. Both Gary Monk and Graeme Jones know the club philosophy, and how Huw Jenkins want the club to be run. With that in mind, I wouldn’t be looking too far beyond those two.
They have just tried the experiment of a big name, so I doubt they will be in any big rush to try it again. The only way I can see neither of them getting the job is if Monk has a disaster, and gets them relegated, and Jones turns them down again.