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The club are set to step up their hunt for a permanent successor to Dean Saunders and our tipster believes that the 46-year-old Scot is a strong contender

Wolverhampton Wanderers suffered the ignominy of back-to-back relegation as a disastrous Championship campaign resulted in the Molineux club slipping into the third tier of English football.

Following the sacking of Stale Solbakken in January, Dean Saunders was brought in from Doncaster Rovers with a remit to keep Wolves in the Championship. His failure to do so ultimately cost the Welshman his job and, subsequently, the search is underway for Wolves’ fifth permanent manager in just 15 months.

With Wolves amongst the early favourites to secure promotion back to the Championship next term, Saunders’ successor seems certain to face an entirely different kind of pressure to that of his predecessor.

WOLVES BOSS CONTENDERS

PADDY POWER ODDS
Owen Coyle 4/6
Kenny Jackett 5/1
Steve Davis 15/2
Steve McClaren 14/1
Lifelong Wolves fan Steve Davis was the bookmakers’ favourite to answer the cry for help from Molineux for a while but the Crewe Alexandra manager, who led the Railwaymen to glory in the Football League Trophy at Wembley in April, is now 15/2 (8.50) with Paddy Power to succeed Saunders.

Davis is relatively inexperienced but, given his affection for the club, he may prove to be a popular choice with the Molineux faithful and that may sway the under-pressure Wolves board.

An interesting contender for the Wolves hotseat is former Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle. The 46-year-old Scot has been out of work since his contract at Reebok Stadium was terminated in October.

However, Coyle’s experience may prove attractive to the decision makers at Molineux and the 4/6 (1.67) quote from Paddy Power for the former Burnley boss to take charge is excellent value.

Another experienced contender is Kenny Jackett. The 51-year-old was installed as odds-on favourite for the post when the market opened, having called time on his position as Millwall manager after seven years on the same morning that Saunders’ sacking was announced.

The initial interest in Jackett from punters may have cooled since then but the odds compilers still believe that the former Millwall boss is a contender and Paddy Power rate him as a 5/1 (6.0) chance to take over at Molineux in time for next season's kick off.

The last of the realistic contenders is former England manager Steve McClaren. The ex-Twente boss is chalked up at 14/1 (15.0) with Paddy Power to be handed the reins at Wolves. McClaren led Twente to their first ever league title in 2010 and, despite subsequent disappointing spells in charge of Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest and Twente again, the former Middlesbrough boss is an intriguing candidate here.

Davis would, undoubtedly, be a popular choice with the fans but, with a massive rebuilding task ahead, the board must adopt a hard-headed approach and it is the vastly experienced Coyle who is the best pick at 4/6 (1.67) with Paddy Power to be appointed as next permanent Wolves boss.

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on
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