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BREAKING: Nigel Pearson new clear favourite for Leicester City post

| 26.02.2017

Nigel Pearson is the shock 7/4 favourite to return to Leicester City, following Claudio Ranieri’s controversial departure earlier this week.

Odds have been slashed on the 53-year-old coming back to the King Power Stadium after reports broke suggesting that some of the club’s senior players have voiced their opinion on the matter – agreeing that he’d be the best man for the job.

And he’s some way ahead of his competitors in this market, with Guus Hiddink next in the running at 5/1, while Roy Hodgson and Alan Pardew are 6/1 and 7/1 respectively.

Despite being first installed as favourite for the vacancy, and even see in his odds fall as short as 4/6, former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is now considered an 8/1 outsider with our traders for the role.

Pearson’s journey to favouritism has been a gradual one over the last few days.

When news of Ranieri’s sacking broke on Thursday evening, the ex-Derby County gaffer was considered a 7/1 shot, before his odds drifted to as long as 8s as Mancini was backed into favouritism.

We woke up yesterday to find his odds slightly cut to 6/1, but this is without doubt the biggest move we’ve seen since the market opened.

Some reports are even suggesting that a deal could be agreed between club and manager in the coming days. And if that were to be the case, it’s unlikely that 7/4 will be available for punters to get on for much longer.

What do fans think about the latest news? He’s already kept this side in the Premier League once before – will he be given the opportunity to do it again?

Have your say in the comments section below!

Next Permanent Leicester City Manager

Nigel Pearson – 7/4

Guus Hiddink – 5/1

Roy Hodgson – 6/1

Alan Pardew – 7/1

Roberto Mancini – 8/1

Martin O’Neill – 8/1

Craig Shakespeare – 10/1

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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Alex Apati

Alex has been with the Ladbrokes PR team since 2017 having previously worked for the news department. From sparring with Peter Fury to talking interviews on the Duke and Duchess' baby names, he's covered a range of sports and novelty events.

A frustrated West Brom fan who is no stranger to an oche, Alex is originally from Dudley, although he's worked hard to rid himself of the Black Country twang.