It’s been a busy few months in the Midlands. Not only managers, but owners have come and gone across the region. And the latest big name to face the chop was Walter Zenga, after just over 12 weeks in charge of Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Despite new chairman Guo Guangchang causing a stir in the Black Country with the controversial dismissal of Kenny Jackett back in the summer, the Chinese billionaire has already called time on the 54-year-old’s successor.
And now the question on everyone’s lips in Wolverhampton is who is next?
Ladbrokes News takes a look at the three names currently heading the market in the race for the Gold and Black hotseat.
Paul Lambert (1/5)
Lambert is somewhat of a surprise name heading the market considering his last spell in management which saw him lead Blackburn Rovers to 15th-place in the Championship.
Granted, his main aim at the Lancashire outfit was to maintain the side’s position in the second tier of English football – and he did exactly that.
But, with the millions of pounds apparently at Guangchang’s disposal, a manager of Lambert’s calibre could be seen as a step in the wrong direction.
However, on the flip side, a further look at the 47-year-old’s record tells you this wouldn’t necessarily be a bad appointment.
For starters, he knows this division all too well, having achieved promotion with Norwich City back in the 2010-11 campaign.
He’s also familiar with these parts too, having managed local rivals Aston Villa for just short of three years until his dismissal last year.
After leaving Blackburn at the end of the 2015/16 campaign, the Scot could be set for a quick return to management
Nigel Pearson (5/1)
On the subject of managers with an understanding of the Championship as well as the Midlands, you probably can’t get much better than Nigel Pearson.
After guiding Leicester City to promotion to the Premier League just three seasons ago, many supporters would argue Pearson’s impact at the East Midlands outfit was the catalyst for their recent success in the top-flight under Claudio Ranieri.
Pearson has spent much of his career in and around the Midlands, working alongside Bryan Robson at West Bromwich Albion, while most recently taking over the reins at Derby County.
However, a poor start for the Rams led to Pearson’s dismissal, just 17 days before Zenga faced the chop himself.
Will Wolves make the one of the Championship’s first managerial casualties of the season their new boss?
Tim Sherwood (10/1)
Another name featuring on the reported three-man shortlist at the Molineux is former Tottenham Hotspur and Villa boss Tim Sherwood.
The 47-year-old has been without a job since his dismissal from Villa Park last October, leaving the Villans at a time when they were rooted to the foot of the Premier League with four points from their opening 10 games.
But despite that record, Sherwood would be considered a big name and a step in the right direction, especially given that he’s only ever managed in the Premier League.
And as we head into a part of the year where dismissals are coming thick and fast, Wolves may have to act quickly if they’re to secure their first-choice.
So what do fans think? Would you be happy with any of these names, or is there someone else you’d want?
Let us know in the comments section below!
Next Permanent Wolves Manager
Paul Lambert – 1/5
Nigel Pearson – 5/1
Tim Sherwood – 10/1
Paul Ince – 16/1
Dougie Freedman – 20/1
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing