John O’Shea now odds-on for manager’s job at Sunderland

The money says the Ireland defender could be about to move from the training ground to the manager’s office…


Paddy Power have slashed the odds on John O’Shea being appointed permanent Sunderland manager, from 50/1 last night to 4/6 today.

The Irish defender, and former captain of the Mackems, has shot to the top of the market after a series of bets on him getting the job – and he is now the clear front-runner for the position, in another move which will raise eyebrows on Wearside.

He has surged ahead of early favourite Aitor Karanka (now 4/1) in the betting, and former Stadium of Light boss Peter Reid (5/1).

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Asked about a possible step up for O’Shea spokesman Paddy Power said: “John O’Shea is an Irish footballing legend – and that kind of mythical quality seems appropriate given Sunderland’s chances of survival.

“It’s a baptism of fire for big John and his management career, but let’s hope he learned a thing or two from the umpteen bosses he worked with during the last few years at Sunderland.”


4/6         John O’Shea
4/1         Aitor Karanka
5/1         Peter Reid
7/1         Robbie Stockdale
8/1         Kevin Phillips
8/1         Ally McCoist
14/1       Nigel Pearson
14/1       Kevin Ball

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* All odds correct at time of posting.

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