Betting Special: Alan Curbishley favourite for Ipswich job but Harry Redknapp is a well-priced outsider

Paul Jewell has become the latest Championship manager to leave his role and while Curbishley may lead the betting, the former Spurs boss could be waiting in the wings
The managerial merry-go-round continues to spin and nowhere is it more evident than the Championship.

Burnley, Bolton, Blackburn, Crystal Palace and now Ipswich are amongst the clubs that have seen their managers leave with the season only 12 games old.

Paul Jewell leaving Portman Road will not come as a surprise, results have been woeful - just seven points from their opening 12 games - and the mood around the club reflected that dismal total and so the search begins for Jewell's replacement.

Next Permanent Ipswich Town Manager

Odds courtesy of Paddy Power
Alan Curbishley 5/2
Owen Coyle 8/1
Alex McLeish 10/1
Mick McCarthy 14/1
Billy Davies 16/1
Harry Redknapp 20/1
Alan Curbishley leads the market at 5/2 (3.50) with Paddy Power. The 54-year-old has been away from the game since a two-year spell with West Ham United ended abruptly and resulted in a court case over his unfair dismissal.

The former Charlton boss was highly rated when he swapped The Valley for Upton Park in 2006 but after a significant amount of time away, is he the man to take on what is a significant challenge at Portman Road?

Despite being the head of the market, punters would be forgiven for taking a cautious attitude towards supporting him at this early stage.

Owen Coyle is at 8/1 (9.0) to make an immediate return to managing in the Championship after leaving Bolton just a couple of weeks ago.

Another candidate deemed to have a chance is Harry Redknapp.

He is priced at 20/1 (21.0) with Paddy Power to make the move to Suffolk and manage the Tractor Boys. That is an industry best price.

Rumours have been rife about the former Tottenham manager taking over at Portman Road due to his friendship with owner Marcus Evans and at such a chunky price, Redknapp is sure to attract a decent level of support from punters who believe Evans is the man to tempt Redknapp back into management.

Paul Ince, is a longshot 50/1 (51.0) to take over at Portman Road. Ince's managerial experience has seen him hold several positions at clubs up and down the Football League but his last three appointments, Blackburn, a second spell at MK Dons and a brief spell in charge of Notts County could have eroded whatever promise he originally showed as a manager in his initial time at Stadium:MK.

Former Nottingham Forest and Derby manager Billy Davies certainly has a track record of managing clubs in the division and is available after leaving Forest in 2011.

His resignation was, in no small part, down to a series of disagreements with the clubs owners over transfer policy and he is an 16/1 (17.0) shot to take charge.

There are a number of candidates available at double figures to be Paul Jewell's successor including Mick McCarthy (14/1), Alex McLeish (10/1) and George Burley (20/1).

Often the best approach with these markets is to find a big priced outsider and in this case, Redknapp's close relationship with Marcus Evans means that the 20/1 (21.0) on offer for the former Spurs may not be around for long.

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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast

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