FRANK LAMPARD, Sam Allardyce and Paulo Fonseca are in the running to replace Claudio Ranieri as Watford manager.
That’s according to bookmakers Betfair, who’ve created their ‘Next Manager’ market as the pressure increases on Ranieri at Vicarage Road.Former Granada boss Diego Martinez is favourite for the Watford job, say Betfair[/caption]
The Italian replaced Xisco Munoz in October but has been unable to reverse the club’s declining fortunes.
Aside from memorable victories over Everton and Manchester United — Watford have lost eight of their 10 games under his leadership.
The club have lost five-consecutive matches and conceded a whopping 15 goals in the process — only Leeds, Newcastle and Norwich have let in more this campaign.
And their latest 4-1 defeat to West Ham leaves them 17th in the division — two points clear of Burnley in the relegation zone.
Watford would drop into the bottom three if Burnley win their game in hand against or Leeds.
And if axed, the 70-year-old would be the 15th managerial departure under the club’s owners, the Pozzo family, since they took over in 2012.
Watford next manager
- Diego Martinez – 4/1
- Paulo Fonseca – 5/1
- Slavisa Jokanovic – 6/1
- Sam Allardyce – 8/1
- Frank Lampard – 10/1
- Javi Gracia – 10/1
- Alan Pardew – 33/1
Former Granada boss Diego Martinez is the frontrunner for the position at odds of 4/1 with Betfair.
The 41-year-old earned promotion with the club before leading them to a seventh-placed finish in his debut top-flight campaign.
He reached the Europa League quarter-finals during the club’s first ever European appearance before losing to Manchester United.
The Athletic claim Martinez, who allowed his contract to expire in June, has spent time in the UK working on his English and watching Premier League football.
Paulo Fonseca is next in the betting at 5/1 having recently been tipped for roles at Tottenham, Everton and Newcastle.
Slavisa Jokanovic is available at 6/1, narrowly ahead of Sam Allardyce (8/1) and Frank Lampard (10/1).
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