Fulham manager betting update: Mark Warburton favourite, Dick Advocaat in contention


RangersMark Warburton and ex-Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat lead the way.

Yet another day goes by at Craven Cottage and Fulham are no nearer to appointing a new manager.

Kit Symons was relieved of his duties following Fulham’s 5-2 home defeat to Championship rivals Birmingham City in early November, and little progress has been made since.

Hull City’s Steve Bruce was linked, Reading’s Steve Clarke was all-but set to take over until a last-minute change of heart, while Nigel Pearson has been mentioned on more than one occasion.

The favourite last week was Birmingham City’s Gary Rowett yet, according to bookmakers Sky Bet, his odds have drifted from 8/11 to 4/1, hinting at a likely St. Andrew's stay.

According to Sky Bet, the latest favourite is Rangers boss Mark Warburton, as his odds have fallen from 11/4 to evens over the course of the past few days.

Warburton has done an outstanding job at Ibrox, winning 18 of his 21 games in charge of the club and guiding the Gers to the top of the Scottish Championship.

After enhancing his reputation at Rangers following an excellent spell at Brentford, it’s easy to see why Fulham would want Warburton at Craven Cottage, and a switch back south must be tempting.

However, the former defender seems to be relishing the opportunity to take Rangers back up to the Scottish Premiership, and knocking Celtic off the top could ultimately lead to better opportunities.

Second in the running for the vacant Fulham post is now ex-Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat, the Dutchman seemingly coming from nowhere to be among the favourites for the job.

His odds of 2/1 suggest something could be in the pipeline, yet it comes as a big surprise considering the way he left the Black Cats and his talk last summer of retiring from management altogether.

Advocaat initially did a superb job at Sunderland, keeping them up last season, though a failure to recruit well during the summer led to a poor start and calls for his resignation.

Would he be willing to have one more crack with Fulham? Well, the Championship playoffs are still within reach this season but there is no denying it’s an extremely challenging job.

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