Next Bournemouth Manager Odds

By Matthew Glazier
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Next Bournemouth Manager Odds

Next Permanent Bournemouth Manager Odds*

Selection Odds Bookmaker
Gary O'Neil 4/11 Betfair
Chris Wilder 3/1 BetVictor
Sean Dyche 16/1 BetVictor
Marcelo Bielsa 16/1 BetVictor
Sam Allardyce 25/1 BetVictor
Kjetil Knutsen "25/1 BetVictor

*Odds correct as of October 17, 2022

Gary O'Neil remains in caretaker charge of Bournemouth, and the Cherries continue to prosper since he replaced the sacked Scott Parker. The 39-year-old is quietly going about his business at the newly-promoted outfit, with the team sitting 10th in the Premier League table after racking up 13 points from their first 10 matches.

It appears that O'Neil is in the box seat to get the job on a permanent basis, with Chris Wilder the other name in the frame. The latter was recently sacked by Championship club Middlesbrough and has traded at odds-on on the Next Bournemouth Manager market previously, although he is now second favourite.

American businessman William Foley is finalising a deal to take charge of the Dorset club, and it appears that he's happy for O'Neil to continue his job interview by taking the team for the foreseeable future. It could be a case of when, rather than if O'Neil is appointed at the Vitality Stadium.

Chris Wilder Has Previously Succeeded With Sheffield United

Wilder struggled to get a tune out of Middlesbrough in the Championship before being sacked, although he has previously performed well at Sheffield United. The former Northampton manager could be open to the prospect of returning to the Premier League and taking charge of a Cherries team who have eight points from seven games played.

Any incoming manager will have to work within the budgetary restrictions that have been set by the owners, with Wilder having previously done the same at Bramall Lane, and he managed to pursue a similar narrative to the one that was enjoyed by Eddie Howe at the Dorset club by steering them up two divisions.

The odds suggest that he's in with a chance of heading to the south coast for the chance to manage in the Premier League again. However, his time with Boro was Jekyll and Hyde in the sense that the former Northampton boss made a flying start before a big downturn in form this season.

Will O’Neil Be Promoted From Within at Bournemouth?

It's clear that AFC Bournemouth were unwilling to break the bank this season despite getting promoted to the Premier League. The owners kept a tight hold on the purse strings and we’ve only seen Joe Rothwell (free, Blackburn Rovers), Ryan Fredericks (free, West Ham), Marcus Tavernier (£10m, Middlesbrough), Neto (free, Barcelona) and Marcos Senesi (£12.6m, Feyenoord) arrive since the Cherries were promoted.

Perhaps Bournemouth will also take the cheap option when it comes to hiring a new manager, with Gary O’Neil now taking caretaker charge of the first team, and there’s the chance that the 39-year-old will be given the reins on a permanent basis. He's certainly demonstrating his ability in the dugout, and there has been comeback wins against Nottingham Forest and Leicester City to boost their survival hopes.

O’Neill has been part of the coaching setup at the Vitality Stadium since joining Jonathan Woodgate’s backroom staff in February 2021. He has remained in place following the departure of Woodgate and could be seen as a safe pair of hands. It seems as though he'd be keen to take the role on a permanent basis although the club might be in search of more experience.

Sean Dyche Could Be Ready for Quick Return to Premier League

Sean Dyche will always be linked to vacant Premier League positions at clubs such as Bournemouth. Ultimately, he is someone who was extremely successful with Burnley over a 10-year span, and he could now be open to a fresh challenge on the south coast.

The 51-year-old has a ton of experience when it comes to scrapping against relegation on a modest budget, and he’s likely to tick plenty of boxes for Bournemouth, with Dyche potentially open to building a squad at the Vitality Stadium even if relegation looks to be likely.

Dyche has generally been associated with a pragmatic style of football, and that might be on the cards should he be installed. The first port of call will be to arrest a defensive slump that has seen them concede a sum total of 18 goals in six games this season, and he’s been installed as favourite.

Luton's Jones Also Among Front-Runners

Nathan Jones is enjoying a second spell at Luton Town, and the Welshman has an obvious synergy with the Bedfordshire club, having steered the Hatters to the Championship play-offs against all the odds last season. Jones continues to prosper at a club with a relatively modest budget in the second flight and could be a good fit for Bournemouth.

The 49-year-old had a brief spell in charge of Stoke City in 2019 where he lasted just 38 games and was only able to engineer six wins, although things have blossomed since returning to Kenilworth Road at the end of the 2019-20 season. Jones could be ready to have another shot away from Luton, and there would be relatively low expectations at Bournemouth given their start to the season.

There has noticeably been money for Jones in this betting market, with the Welsh manager having shortened over the weekend, and it appears that he is open to the prospect of replacing Scott Parker. The Hatters have endured a modest start to the 2022-23 season in the Championship, and perhaps the boss feels as though he's taken the team as far as he can.

Kjetil Knutsen Another Front-Runner for Cherries Job

Thomas Frank was a relative unknown when taking charge of Brentford, and perhaps we might see a similar story at Bournemouth, with Kjetil Knutsen being strongly linked to the vacant post at the Vitality Stadium. The Norwegian football coach currently manages FK Bodø/Glimt in Eliteserien, with the 53-year-old having done very well with a club who have featured regularly in European competition.

Knutsen might want to further his ambition, with the manager having been in charge of FK Bodø/Glimt since 2018, and he has helped the club to two Eliteserien titles in 2020 and 2021. Last year was also particularly notable in that his Norwegian side enjoyed an emphatic 6-1 win over Roma in the Europa Conference League, with Jose Mourinho in the opposition dugout.

What might appeal to Bournemouth is the fact that Knutsen has engineered a successful team on a modest budget, and he could jump at the opportunity to further his career in England, although all his previous managerial experience has been in his native country. Knutsen's odds have started to drift which suggests that a move is unlikely.

Duncan Ferguson Could Take His First Managerial Role at Vitality

Duncan Ferguson recently left Everton to pursue his managerial career, although the Scot has not yet taken any role within the game. Perhaps he will be a willing applicant to head to the Vitality Stadium and set about making this Bournemouth team tougher to beat even if relegation looks likely to be on the cards.

The Cherries are likely to face the drop this term, but it’s an opportunity to build a squad, and there is the guarantee of parachute payment money coming into the club even if they find themselves in the Championship 12 months down the line.

Ferguson has done well when being called upon as a caretaker manager at Everton, with the former striker likely to motivate a group of players who are going to find life tough going over the next few months.

Could Harry Redknapp Be Lured Out of Semi-Retirement?

Harry Redknapp loves AFC Bournemouth, and he enjoyed a lengthy spell in charge of the Cherries between 1983-1992, with the supporters likely to welcome the 75-year-old if he made the decision to help out his former club.

Redknapp hasn’t been seen in a managerial dugout since 2017 when he had a short spell in charge of Birmingham City, having taken charge of Jordan’s national team the year before. It might seem implausible, but this is someone who holds the club dear to his heart, and he has plenty of managerial experience in the top flight.

Sam Allardyce Could Be Open to a Bournemouth Survival Bid

Another veteran manager who could be interested in the vacant Bournemouth managerial position is Sam Allardyce, with the 67-year-old having a very strong track record for helping Premier League clubs avoid relegation to the Championship.

The former England manager has helped clubs such as Everton, Crystal Palace, Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers survive in the Premier League. This could be the tallest order yet for someone who wasn’t able to keep West Brom in the top flight recently, although he could be handsomely rewarded for at least having a try.

Tony Pulis Has Previous Connections With AFC Bournemouth

Another former Cherries manager is Tony Pulis, with the Welshman having enjoyed a spell in charge of AFC Bournemouth between 1992-1994. The 64-year-old was last seen in a dugout in 2020 when the manager was in charge of Sheffield Wednesday for a brief period, although he has plenty of Premier League experience.

Pulis is chiefly associated with his second spell at Stoke City where he guided the Potters into the Premier League at the first time of asking and then kept the Staffordshire outfit in the top flight for several seasons before being replaced by Mark Hughes.

The style of football hasn’t always been pretty, but has also had recent spells in charge of West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace, with Pulis potentially interested in this role.

John Terry Might Be Ready to Land First Proper Coaching Job

John Terry has been waiting for the right managerial opportunity to come along and perhaps he will join good friend Frank Lampard and become a Premier League manager. The 41-year-old was assistant coach to Dean Smith at Aston Villa, and the former England defender will look to arrest the number of goals being conceded.

The Bournemouth manager’s role looks to be a tough first gig considering the Cherries are big odds-on to be relegated from the top flight, and so there would also be a team-building exercise ahead of a likely stint in the Championship for the following campaign.

Terry might think this is a shot to nothing considering expectation levels are low at the club, although that 2-0 win over Aston Villa in their opening game suggests they could yet have a fighting chance of staying up.

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As former Head of Marketing at Bet365, Matthew Glazier has a wealth of experience in the betting industry. He continues to provide dynamic content for a range of websites and specialises particularly in football and golf, all the while supporting his beloved Tranmere Rovers.

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