Manchester United men past and present Ryan Giggs, Laurent Blanc, Carlos Queiroz and Gary Neville rate the foremost of those with Old Trafford connections in the betting to be the champions’ next permanent manager.
However when it comes to bosses schooled at the right-hand of Sir Alex Ferguson, 66/1 shot Steve Bruce may just be a better fit than all four.
The Hull City tactician is joined at the price by fellow former United players/staff Steve McClaren, Mark Hughes and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Yet in terms of consistently reproducing overachievement none can hold a candle to former Red Devils skipper Bruce.
Giggs and Neville lack any full-time managerial experience whatsoever.
Blanc, McClaren and Solskjaer have taken titles in Europe’s lesser leagues, yet the former leads financially-doped Paris St-Germain, while the latter pair have been unable to rediscover their magic touch at subsequent employers.
Bruce has completed the fiendishly tricky task of earning promotion to the Premier League on no less than three occasions across spells at Birmingham and Hull City.
In the Premier League he’s been no slouch either, steering the Tigers to what looks increasingly like safety, while craftily booking a place in the FA Cup final.
Before that he had taken Wigan Athletic to a now unthinkable 11th-place finish in 2008/09 and bossed Sunderland to tenth in his final full campaign in charge at the Stadium of Light.
Mark Hughes is busy rebuilding the reputation he crafted at Blackburn after spells at Queens Park Rangers and noisy neighbours Manchester City.
However those were residencies characterised by widespread frittering of transfer funds on substandard merchandise.
By contrast Bruce has been a shrewd operator, bringing in Darren Bent, who rewarded him with 32 goals in 58 league starts, for £10m at Sunderland.
Equally adept in the loan market, the Geordie has regularly pulled rabbits out of the hat, including Christophe Dugarry at Birmingham and the briefly unstoppable Amr Zaki at Wigan.