Chelsea next manager odds: Shevchenko new favourite after second price slash in 48 hours, Rangnick enters the frame
FORMER Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko is the outright favourite to replace Frank Lampard as manager at Stamford Bridge.
The 44-year-old was a distant 66/1 chance last week but a 'flurry of bets' promoted bookmakers Betfair to cut his price to 4/1.
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However, just 48 hours later Shevchenko's odds have been slashed again.
The 2004 Ballon d'Or winner now leads the betting market at 7/5 to be appointed Chelsea's next permanent manager.
Shevchenko, who scored 22 goals in 77 appearances for Chelsea, became manager of the Ukrainian national team in 2016.
And his stock is at an all-time high having guided his country to Euro 2020 qualification – beating reigning European champions Portugal to top position in Group B.
Betfair Spokesperson, Sam Rosbottom said: "Following a flurry of bets in the past 48 hours we have slashed odds on Andriy Shevchenko to be the next Chelsea manager from 66/1 to just 7/5."
He's leapfrogged former favourite Massimiliano Allegri, who has drifted from 2/1 to 7/2.
Chelsea next manager odds – Betfair
- Andriy Shevchenko – 7/5
- Massimiliano Allegri – 7/2
- Thomas Tuchel – 5/1
- Julian Nagelsmann – 15/2
- Brendan Rodgers – 15/2
- Ralf Rangnick – 10/1
- Didier Deschamps – 12/1
- Ralph Hasenhuttl – 12/1
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The six-time Serie A winner remains a free agent having left Juventus in May after guiding them to their 36th league championship.
German publication Bild also claim that both Allegri and 5/1 chance Thomas Tuchel have held preliminary discussions with Chelsea chiefs.
Elsewhere, RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann has also seen his odds tumble in recent days.
The 33-year-old was a double-figure 20/1 but has shortened to 15/2, the same price as Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers.
A new face has entered Betfair's market of potential candidates with Ralf Rangnick priced at 10/1.
The former RB Leipzig chief, 62, is a free agent and was described by Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp as 'one of the best, if not the best German coach'.
Highly-rated Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl and long-time France chief Didier Deschamps are available at 12/1 with Betfair.
Chelsea's victory over 10-man Fulham lifted the club to seventh position and eased pressure on boss Lampard.
The Blues are now in seventh position – eight points behind leaders Manchester United.
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