BREAKING: Nigel Pearson new clear favourite for Leicester City post

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Nigel Pearson is the shock 7/4 favourite to return to Leicester City, following Claudio Ranieri’s controversial departure earlier this week.

Odds have been slashed on the 53-year-old coming back to the King Power Stadium after reports broke suggesting that some of the club’s senior players have voiced their opinion on the matter – agreeing that he’d be the best man for the job.

And he’s some way ahead of his competitors in this market, with Guus Hiddink next in the running at 5/1, while Roy Hodgson and Alan Pardew are 6/1 and 7/1 respectively.

Despite being first installed as favourite for the vacancy, and even see in his odds fall as short as 4/6, former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is now considered an 8/1 outsider with our traders for the role.

Pearson’s journey to favouritism has been a gradual one over the last few days.

When news of Ranieri’s sacking broke on Thursday evening, the ex-Derby County gaffer was considered a 7/1 shot, before his odds drifted to as long as 8s as Mancini was backed into favouritism.

We woke up yesterday to find his odds slightly cut to 6/1, but this is without doubt the biggest move we’ve seen since the market opened.

Some reports are even suggesting that a deal could be agreed between club and manager in the coming days. And if that were to be the case, it’s unlikely that 7/4 will be available for punters to get on for much longer.

What do fans think about the latest news? He’s already kept this side in the Premier League once before – will he be given the opportunity to do it again?

Have your say in the comments section below!

Next Permanent Leicester City Manager

Nigel Pearson – 7/4

Guus Hiddink – 5/1

Roy Hodgson – 6/1

Alan Pardew – 7/1

Roberto Mancini – 8/1

Martin O’Neill – 8/1

Craig Shakespeare – 10/1

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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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