All at Swan-sea: LVG backed in overnight to second-favourite

Will the ex-Man United boss swoop in to take over the Swans?


Tony Pulis’ role as favourite to take the vacant Swansea job is under threat – after a surge of betting on former Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal.

The Dutchman, who only this week said he could be enticed out of retirement by a Premier League job, has been backed in from 50/1 rank outsider to 7/2 second-favourite, after thousands were staked overnight.

That flurry of bets comes as it emerged that the Swans’ board will prioritise someone who can play the club’s traditional passing style.

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Pulis, meanwhile, has slipped from 1/2 to 8/11 overnight – with ex-Everton boss Ronald Koeman (9/1) and caretaker Leon Britton (10/1) also in contention.

Asked about the vacant Swansea post spokesman Paddy Power said: “Louis Van Gaal started as something of a comedy inclusion, but it looks like it’s getting serious for LVG after a flurry of bets.

“The Swansea board want someone who gets his team passing – and passing and passing – so it makes sense for LVG to be in the running.”

Next permanent Swansea manager

8/11       Tony Pulis
7/2         Louis van Gaal
9/1         Ronald Koeman
10/1       Leon Britton
12/1       Ryan Giggs
20/1       Michael O’Neill
20/1       Gary Neville
20/1       Martin O’Neill
20/1       Paulo Fonseca
20/1       Marcelo Bielsa
20/1       Frank De Boer

Premier League relegation

1/4         Swansea
7/5         West Brom
8/5         Newcastle
2/1         Brighton
9/4         Bournemouth
3/1         Huddersfield
16/5       Stoke
7/2         Crystal Palace

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