Fulham managerial betting update: Rowett’s odds shorten, Rangers boss in contention

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Birmingham City’s Gary Rowett and Rangers boss Mark Warburton are the two favourites for the vacant Fulham post.

Another Championship fixture passes, and still no new signs of Fulham naming a new manager.

The West Londoners sacked Kit Symons in early November and have yet to appoint his successor, much to the frustration of the supporters and probably the players too.

Fulham boast a decent squad of Championship players with a few outstanding talents such Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembele, and there is certainly playoff potential there.

However, there seemed no real plan in place upon sacking Symons and the likes of Hull City’s Steve Bruce, Reading boss Steve Clarke and Nigel Pearson have all been linked but to no avail.

So what next for Fulham? Well, according to Sky Bet, the latest manager to be listed as the favourite is Birmingham City’s Gary Rowett and his odds are shortening.

The former Burton Albion boss started as a rank outsider, jumped to favourite at odds of 6/5 and is now priced at 1/3 – suggesting that there could be something on the horizon.

But one can only wonder whether this is all a bit hopeful. After all, Rowett hasn’t been in the Birmingham job too long and he appears extremely at ease managing the West Midlands outfit.

The Blues boss has Midlands links, his team are still occupying a top six spot despite losing to league leaders Brighton this weekend and there is plenty of potential at St. Andrews.

Another big mover in the odds is Rangers boss Mark Warburton, a popular choice among supporters.

The 53-year-old (now second favourite at 7/2) did a superb job at Brentford before leaving Griffin Park for Rangers and now his reputation is fully glowing following his current success at Ibrox.

Warburton has led Glasgow giants to the top of the Scottish First Division and to the Challenge Cup final, winning 18 of his 21 games in charge thus far.

The former non-league right-back would be a superb appointment for Fulham. However, having only moved to Rangers last summer, it’s unlikely he would up sticks and move now.

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