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Keegan emerges as unlikely runner in race for Leicester City job

| 29.10.2011

The early gamble on Martin O’Neill to take over from Sven Goran Eriksson to take over at Leicester City has been well and truly foiled with O’Neill now as big as 6/1 to take the job.

Once a short odds-on favourite, O’Neill has seen his price drift further and further over the past few days and the former Leicester favourite looks highly unlikely to be tempted back to the club whom he led to the Premier League back in 1995.

Instead, current Huddersfield Town manager Lee Clark is now the 1/1 favourite to take over the job and considering Huddersfield are on a 39-match unbeaten league run, it’s easy to see why Clark is wanted.

However, a move for Clark would be a risk with the 39-year-old’s only managerial experience coming at Huddersfield, and it has emerged today that Kevin Keegan may be the man to form a partnership with Clark.

Keegan is 5/1 to be the next Leicester boss and it is reported in today’s Daily Mail that Leicester are considering a managerial team of Keegan and Clark.

Considering Clark’s strong showing as Huddersfield manager, it would be a bit unfair of Leicester to hand Keegan the managerial job with Clark as an understudy and it would be more likely that Keegan takes up a director role.

The two have a relationshipfrom when Clark played under Keegan at Newcastle, but Clark, who has stated his commitment to Huddersfield, may not want to work under his former manager.

Leicester are still to ask Huddersfield for permission to speak to Clark and the 39-year-old is not looking to engineer a move away.

Clark may be the 1/1 favourite but Leicester will have to entice him and the promise of working under Keegan would not be that enticing to anyone, suggesting Keegan is the best bet for the Leicester job at 6/1.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.