After taking over from Brendan Rodgers in April, Dean Smith wasn’t able to avoid the drop and the 2015/16 Champions were banished to the Championship. Who will take over and try to guide the Foxes back to the Premier League?
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Paddy’s trusty traders are here to help you separate the wheat from the chaff and they’ve priced up the runners and riders as to who might be the next Leicester manager.
Former West Ham and Tottenham midfield maestro Scott Parker is the current fav to fill the King Power hotseat. He has a good record in the England’s second tier, guiding Bournemouth to second position in the 2021/22 season and achieving success with Fulham via the Playoffs in 2020. His Premier League stats aren’t quite so impressive but his experience of bringing teams up has him in good stead here.
Current Ipswich manager Keiran McKenna secured their return to the Championship last season and is a name being mentioned here too. Having worked his way up through the underage ranks at both Tottenham and Man United he was made one of the back room coaching staff under Jose Mouninho and following the departure of the Special One he kept his role under both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick. With so much experience under his belt, the Northern Irishman might be a good fit for the Foxes.
Former Stoke City and West Brom defender Carl Hoefkens is also very much in the mix with many media outlets reporting recently that talks have been held with the former Club Brugge manager. During his time with the Belgian side he led them into the knockout phase of the Champions League for the first time in their history. He lost just six games while in charge of Brugge over 27 games and if he could bring that form to the King Power he’s surely bounce the Foxes back to the Premier League.
Liverpool legend and former Rangers and Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard is still on the lookout for a job after being given the heave-ho by the latter in the 2022/23 season. He’s got plenty of credit in the bank from his playing days but the jury might still be out in regards to how’d he perform in the Championship.
Could there be a swift return to a managerial dugout for Graham Potter? After being sacked by Chelsea, the former Brighton coach immediately became a leading contender for the Foxes vacancy.
Despite things not working out at Stamford Bridge, he still has plenty of credit in the bank for his work with Brighton and Leicester could fancy their chances of snapping him up. But is he holding out for a Premier League job that might become available once it kicks off again in August?
Lets talk about facts. Rafa Benitez has a CV as long as his ill-fitting waistcoats and would surely be a steady hand at the King Power. It feels like a job he’d jump at, given his desire to work again in England, and you suspect he’d do pretty well there as well.
Former Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is available but is he an inspiring pick after his Saints side got done 9-0 twice under his reign?
Most football fans would love former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa to return to the management in England. Who didn’t enjoy watching his ridiculous murderball?
Whether he’d leave the Uruguay national job for what will surely be a tough promotion push remains to be seen.
* All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change
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