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A gleaming Daniel Farke was somewhat surprisingly sacked by Norwich City on Saturday evening just hours after picking up their first win of the Premier League season.
The decision itself was not a big shock, but more so the timing of it given that Norwich had just battled to an impressive 2-1 win away at Brentford, culminating in them moving level on points with Newcastle United and five points from safety.
Farke twice won promotion to the Premier League with Norwich and having been relegated at the first time of asking last time around, there was an ominous feeling that the Canaries were heading for a similar fate this season.
Instead of sleepwalking into another relegation the board have made the tough decision to replace their manager whilst on a high and it appears as though the top football betting sites believe they already know the next man in line. All odds featured are courtesy of Betfair and are correct as of 08/11/2021.
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Norwich Tipped To Go Obscure With Their Appointment
Bodø/Glimt manager Kjetil Knutsen’s price to become the next Norwich manager has shrunk all the way to 1/7 in recent hours, with the Norwegian now looking to be the most likely appointment in the coming days.
The Norfolk club aim to have their new manager appointed ahead of next weekend’s match against Southampton at Carrow Road, a fixture that they will see as winnable in what could be an enormous few weeks in the context of their season.
Knutsen, just like Farke before him, isn’t a name that too many if any Norwich supporters will be familiar with but he has a track record of overachieving as a manager. He guided Bodø/Glimt to their first ever Eliteserien title in 2020, losing just one game in the process, and now has the team sat five points clear at the top of the Norwegian top flight with just four games left to play.
Leaving the club now when they are so close to back-to-back titles would be a bitter pill for all associated with the club to swallow, but the 53-year-old will be well aware that opportunities to manage in the Premier League don’t come around too often.
Current Next Norwich City Manager Odds
Below are the current odds of the main candidates to become the next Norwich City manager.
- Kjetil Knutsen – 1/7
- Frank Lampard – 5/1
- Roy Hodgson – 12/1
- Scott Parker – 16/1
- Nathan Jones – 20/1
- Russell Martin – 20/1
- Mark Robins – 20/1
- John Terry – 20/1
- Steve Bruce – 20/1
- Michael O’Neill – 20/1
Frank Lampard In The Frame
Current odds would tell you that Knutsen to Norwich is as good as a done deal, but things can change very quickly in football and another name linked to the role is former England midfielder Frank Lampard.
Lampard has been out of work since being dismissed by Chelsea in January of this year and has already been linked with a number of vacancies in the Premier League since his departure from Stamford Bridge.
Still having managed just two-and-a-half seasons in his professional career as a manager, Lampard is still inexperienced at the top level and needs to choose wisely when it comes to his next job in management. With Norwich’s task of battling relegation looking to be an uphill one, it may be a job he avoids for now to save another hit to his reputation, having initially had success in guiding Chelsea into the Champions League.
That said, he is still available at 5/1 and the second favourite to take over from Farke.
Outsiders List Topped By Roy Hodgson
Lampard is the only other manager outside of Knutsen that is currently priced lower than 10/1, with the bookies believing that there may really only be two men in the race at a push.
The third favourite at this moment in time is Roy Hodgson, who is known for being something of a survival specialist having made the likes of Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace all established Premier League sides during his tenure with each respective club.
Now 74, Hodgson is in the twilight years of his career and would undoubtedly be a sign that Norwich are looking for a short-term fix for this season at 12/1. Bournemouth boss Scott Parker is next at 16/1, but that looks extremely unlikely given that he only took over at the Vitality Stadium in the summer and currently has the Cherries sat top of the Championship table.
The two English options are then followed by a large number of managers all sat at 20/1 including John Terry, Steve Bruce, Russell Martin, Michael O’Neill, Nathan Jones and Mark Robins.