Despite guiding Bournemouth to Premier League safety after a nightmare start to the season under previous boss Scott Parker, Gary O’Neil has been given the boot by the South Coast side.
O’Neil took over with the Cherries looking doomed to relegation after a 9-0 drubbing at Liverpool early in the campaign.
But despite steadying the ship and keeping the club in the top flight, he’s been given the boot in a shot dismissal.
So, who could be about to take his place in the Vitality Stadium dugout? Here’s who our traders make the leading contenders…
Former Athletic Bilbao and New York City defender Iraola looks a bit candidate for the position. He was linked with Leeds earlier in the year, but stuck around at Rayo Vallecano. He’s since left the Spanish club, so wouldn’t cost anything in compensation…
Former Brighton and Chelsea boss Graham Potter led the market as soon as news emerged of O’Neil’s exit. After his bruising time in charge at Stamford Bridge, could a return to a South Coast club help rehabilitate his career?
American coach Marsch was linked with jobs at Southampton and Leicester after leaving Leeds, but didn’t take on either road. With all three of those sides now in the Championship, perhaps he’s got a good radar for clubs to run a mile from.
Former Rangers and Aston Villa boss Gerrard is also in the running according to our traders. He had a miserable spell in the Midlands, but was a huge hit north of the border at Ibrox and could be due a second chance in the Premier League.
Often touted as the man behind the magic at Luton, could he be tempted away for a top job of his own at their top flight rivals?
NUNO ESPIRITO SANTO
Not seen on these shores since his brief spell at Tottenham a few years back, Nuno still has plenty of credit in the bank for the job he did at Wolves.
The former Cherries captain was on O’Neil’s coaching staff, so would at least know his way around the place. Lacks experience of managing, though.
Former Spurs, West Ham and Man Utd midfielder Carrick impressed at Middlesbrough last term, guiding them to fourth-place before a play-off defeat to Coventry.
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