Bolton legend Sam Allardyce & Man United top scorer Wayne Rooney among Burnley boss favorites

Burnley are on the hunt for a new boss after the shock sacking of Sean Dyche and Bolton Wanderers legend Sam Alladyce is among the early favorites for the job according to the bookmakers.

Dyche was sacked by the Clarets this morning with the club sitting in the Premier League relegation zone and four points from safety with eight games of their campaign to go.

Dyche has been at Turf Moor since October 2012, leading the Clarets to promotion to the Premier League in his first full season. Burnley were relegated back to the Championship but Dyche led them to the title in 2016 and they have remained in the top flight since.

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Burnley chairman Alan Pace said: “Firstly, we would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Sean and his staff for their achievements at the club over the last decade.

“During his time at Turf Moor, Sean has been a credit both on and off the pitch, respected by players, staff, supporters, and the wider football community.

“However, results this season have been disappointing and, while this was an incredibly difficult decision, with eight crucial games of the campaign remaining, we feel a change is needed to give the squad the best possible chance of retaining its Premier League status.

“Under-23s coach Mike Jackson, assisted by Academy Director Paul Jenkins, Under-23s goalkeeping coach Connor King and Club Captain Ben Mee have been asked to take charge of the team for Sunday’s game with West Ham United.

“The process of replacing Sean has begun and further announcements will be made to supporters in due course.”

And according to the bookies, Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder and Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney, currently at Derby County, are the joint favorites for the Turf Moor job at this stage.

Allardyce is right behind them in the standings, having been out of management since last summer when he departed West Bromwich Albion.

I have played nearly 250 times for Wanderers in two spells with the club, winning the Second Division title in the 1977/78 season.

He took over the helm at the Reebok Stadium, as it was then known, for almost a decade from 1999 and oversaw a rise that included promotion via the play-offs from the First Division to the top flight and all the way to qualifying for the UEFA Cup.

He led Bolton to a sequence of top-half finishes in the Premier League, including sixth in the 2004/05 season and led Wanderers into the UEFA Cup, reaching the last-32 stage in the 2005/06 season.

He left Bolton in April 2007 and has since had several managerial positions across the top flight, including at Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Everton and a brief spell in charge of the England national team, as well as the Baggies.

Former United defender Phil Neville is also mentioned in the odds, as is former United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, though the duo are more seen as outsiders for the role at this time.

Latest next permanent Burnley manager odds (From SkyBet, correct at 12.20pm on Friday, April 15)

Chris Wilder – 2/1

Wayne Rooney- 2/1

Sam Allardyce- 5/1

Michael Duff – 1/16

Phil Neville – 1/20

Nuno Esprito Santo – 22/1

Ole Gunnar Solskjær – 1/22

Tam Courts – 1/25

Valérien Ismaël – 25/1

Andre Villas-Boas- 33/1

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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