Paddy Power have installed Michael O’Neill as the clear favourite for the vacant Scotland manager’s job, following his Northern Ireland side’s near-miss in the World Cup play-off.
The Glasgow-based boss is now 7/4 to shorten his commute and take the Hampden Park job, with punters piling in since Northern Ireland’s defeat to Switzerland – dramatically shortening his odds from 4/1.
The former Shamrock Rovers boss now heads Paul Lambert and Alex McLeish (both 10/3) in the betting.
Asked about the possibility of O’Neill moving over the Scotland spokesman Paddy Power said: “With few other likely candidates, and the SFA’s perceived inactivity coinciding perfectly with Northern Ireland’s World Cup fate being decided, O’Neill looks a sure thing for the Scotland job.
“They may face competition getting their man from Sunderland, so the Hampden Park bigwigs will be hoping his two-year playing stint at Newcastle is particularly meaningful to O’Neill. Otherwise, it’ll be the second time in recent memory they’ve lost a manager to a mediocre English club.”
7/4 Michael O’Neill
10/3 Paul Lambert
10/3 Alex McLeish
7/1 David Moyes
8/1 Sam Allardyce
10/1 Derek McInnes
10/1 Malky Mackay
10/1 Harry Redknapp
The full Scotland manager market can be found here.
* All odds correct at time of posting.