Michael Appleton is 6/4 to leave Oxford to manage Bristol City
Bristol City won League One at a canter last season although they’re struggling to stay in the Championship this term and have just parted company with manager Steve Cotterill.
The Robins will want to install a replacement quickly and perhaps they might lure Michael Appleton from Oxford United, with the former Portsmouth manager as short as 6/4 with Ladbrokes to take charge of City.
Sky Bet offer a bigger 3/1 and perhaps Bristol City will look for someone with more Championship management experience, with Nigel Pearson also on the bookmaker shortlist.
Whether Pearson wants to come out of hiding to take charge of a relegation-threatened club is another matter, while Garry Monk is a 10/1 shot with Coral although the Englishman might be wanting a break after his Swansea exertions.
The same applies to David Moyes who appears in no rush, with Steve Clarke an interesting candidate at odds of 16/1. The former West Brom manager seemed to be doing well at Reading and then spoke with Fulham before being sacked by the Royals.
Chris Powell is a 20/1 shot, while Paul Tisdale is a 20/1 chance to leave his Exeter position and jump up to Championship level.
Club chairman Keith Dawe said in statement on the club’s website: “I brought Steve Cotterill into Bristol City just over two years ago as I believed he could keep us in League One that year and build from there.
“Steve did keep us in the division and went on, in conjunction with the rest of the organisation, to deliver a League One championship and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. That season will live in the memory for a long time.
“Sadly, since the highs of last March and May things have not gone our way on the pitch and Steve has now left the club.”