There looks to be scope for value in the next permanent Crystal Palace manager betting heat, with the head of affairs dominated by those not on the best of terms with the club’s ownership.
Tim Sherwood is a strong 5/4 favourite for vacant hotseat, having traded at odds-on after Tony Pulis left the club just before the start of the 2014/15 campaign.
Yet, the former Premier League winning player wasn’t treated with the respect befitting a manager the club hoped to woo at the time and ruled himself out of the running as a result, telling the BBC:
“I know a lot of managers were interested. But at some point, you want to know the interviews have stopped and you’re the club’s first choice.
“That’s why, on Thursday, my agent sent a message to Steve (Parish, Palace co-chairman) to say I was no longer interested in being in contention for the job.”
Next in the betting is club stalwart and experienced caretaker Keith Millen at 6/1.
However, the former Bristol City manager’s two unconsummated spells in temporary charge suggest the Eagles’ board do not believe a superman lurks within their mild-mannered janitor.
First in Millen’s wake are 7/1 shots Chris Hughton and Tony Pulis who are no more likely to assume the reins than the two men ahead of them in the reckoning.
Hughton, who proved himself unable to right a listing ship at Norwich last term, was linked with the job in August to no avail.
Meanwhile, the Telegraph suggest sources close to former manager Pulis say there is “no chance” of him returning to the Selhurst Park dugout.
As such it could pay to peer deeper into the depths of the market, with 9/1 former Eagles skipper Tony Popovic, who managed Western Sydney as they became the first Australian winners of the Asian Champions League earlier this year.
Another intriguing proposition for Eagles’ diehards is former Chelsea academy director and reserve team manager Dermot Drummy.
The Northern Irishman would certainly be more welcome back in south east London than fellow 14/1 shot Dougie Freedman.
His current role as international coach in charge of the Blues’ international partnerships would also be of great use to Palace, whose lack of scouting network was revealed to such an embarrassing extent in the Ian Holloway-helmed scattergun 2013 summer window.