Next Brighton Manager Odds – Football Betting

Potter early bookies favourite for Brighton post

Football Betting

There are times you have to question whether the chairman of some football clubs actually live in the real world – the sacking of Chris Hughton by Brighton and Hove Albion is one of those occasions.

In four-and-a-half years, Hughton has dragged the Seagulls from the lower depths of the Championship to become an established Premier League club, despite having one of the lowest budgets. Crowds have continued to fill the Amex Stadium and yet the club have bizarrely decided that a poor run of form since Christmas is justification for sacking the manager. Maybe the club’s ambitions are unrealistic if they expect a top-half finish. The Premier League’s top five are so far ahead of the rest as to make meaningful comparisons foolish yet 17th place, and survival, is not good enough for the Brighton board so now they are looking for a new manager to lift the team to a different plateau.

BrightonBookmakers have already decided that Swansea City’s GRAHAM POTTER will be that manager. Potter, only joined the Swans last summer having previously coached in Sweden. He has a reputation for encouraging exciting football but his odds to become next Brighton manager fluctuate wildly between 1/2 and 1/6 and I’m always wary of such overwhelming favourites in similar markets when jobs first become available. Swansea can’t match the financial clout of Brighton but are not going to give up the manager without a fight!

PHIL NEVILLE is 8/1 with Coral but its hardly likely that he’ll walk out on the England women’s team just weeks before they World Cup in which they have an excellent chance of making the latter stages. I’m sure Neville would relish an opportunity to manage at the top level in the men’s game but he hasn’t much experience at present and is contracted until 2021.

FRANK LAMPARD has just completed his first season as a full-time manager at Derby County. Another former England international, he may also want to build up his portfolio before plunging his toe in the Premier League management stakes unless it’s with his current club. Lampard is 11/1 with William Hill but surely the Seagulls will not want a relative rookie in charge of a squad which will need quality additions if they are to survive again next season.

MIKAEL ARTETA is a best 25/1 having cut his teeth under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. The Spaniard will almost certainly strike out on his own at some time but will find it a wrench to leave the north west and away from a club which is in a golden period. CLAUDE PUEL and STEVE CLARKE of Kilmarnock, who keeps getting linked with jobs south of the border, are also a best 25/1 with William Hill and other names in the frame.

Next Brighton Manager Current Best Odds

Graham Potter 1/2
Phil Neville 8/1
Frank Lampard 11/1
Rafa Benitez and Steven Gerrard 16/1
Mikel Arteta, Claude Puel, Nathan Jones and Steve Clarke 25/1
Garry Monk, Michael Laudrup and Roger Schmidt 28/1
Lauren Blanc, Alex Neil, David Moyes, Gary Rowett and Alan Pardew 33/1
Andre Villas Boas, Roberto Martinez and Michael O’Neill 40/1
(Odds correct at 2.45pm May 13)

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