Sam Allardyce does not look like the retiring type so one expects him to return to management in the near future and Coral may regret their market about his destination.
Coral is offering generous odds about Allardyce’s next job being the boss of Sunderland and, while it is the favourite option in the betting, one thinks that it is insufficiently short given the sorry state in which the Black Cats find themselves and the situations at various other teams.
First, one cannot see Allardyce returning for a managerial role outside the English Premier League so that narrows down the field to 20 sides. Aston Villa is Coral’s clear second favourite, but the Villans are in the English Championship, they have appointed Steve Bruce, and Allardyce is a Wolverhampton supporter having grown up in Dudley.
Of the top 20 options in Coral’s exclusive Allardyce market, only eight of them are English Premier League teams. Swansea has entrusted its English Premier League survival to Bob Bradley. West Ham fans would not accept Allardyce back at the Irons. Hull thought long and hard before hiring Mick Phelan. Allardyce has history at West Bromwich that is not good and Baggies supporters would not want to swap Tony Pulis for another boss in Big Sam whose reputation is as a pragmatic manager. Stoke is unlikely to stay in the English Premier League bottom three and the Potters board members are loyal towards Mark Hughes. Bournemouth is extremely unlikely to part company with Eddie Howe unless one of English football’s bright young things departs of his own choosing. Watford has turned over coaches at a rapid rate but the Hornets are above halfway on the English Premier League ladder and not in immediate threat of the drop. And Middlesbrough is the only north-east giant that Allardyce has not coached so one doubts that he would be welcome.
Allardyce rescued Sunderland from slipping into the English Championship last season and, with the Black Cats anchored to the foot of the English Premier League ladder after eight rounds, he may receive a telephone call from his old club before you can say panic stations. Coral‘s offer of +350 may look generous in a few weeks. Moyes is on track to fail in his third consecutive job and Allardyce’s reputation as a saver of English Premier League lives means that, regardless of how his tenure as England boss ended, there will always be teams willing to take a punt on him. Allardyce knows almost all of Sunderland’s players and, if anyone can rescue the Black Cats, it would be the man from the Black Country.
If Allardyce was to accept a managerial position away from the bright lights of the English Premier League then one thinks that it would Wolverhampton, the sleeping giant that Big Sam followed as a kid. Wolverhampton is struggling on the lower half of the English Championship and one cannot comprehend why Wolves hired Walter Zenga in the summer.
Wolverhampton is available at odds of +3300 with Coral to be where Allardyce lands next. Dutching Wolves with Sunderland produces a wager at odds of +297 and that strikes me as a good way to reinvest the winnings that one collected when Allardyce accepted the England job after UEFA Euro 2016.
Dutch Sunderland and Wolves to be Sam Allardyce’s next club