Hull City are manager-less following Steve Bruce’s resignation.
The Tigers earned an immediate return to the top-flight as they won the Championship playoffs, beating Carlos Carvalhal’s Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 in the final at Wembley.
While all looked well and good on the pitch that day, tensions have been bubbling for a while off it and after such inactivity in the transfer market this summer Bruce has felt the need to walk away.
It leaves the East Yorkshire club in a bit of a pickle, as with only 13 fit players and currently without a manager, they arguably head in to what will be a tough season in the worst possible shape.
The club desperately needs to steady the ship and appoint Bruce’s successor quickly, and Sky Bet place former Rotherham United manager Neil Warnock as the frontrunner with odds of 5/2.
The 67-year-old walked away from the Millers after remarkably preserving their Championship status against the odds last season, and he says he is now waiting for one final challenge before retirement.
His record at Premier League level isn’t great, yet one area in where he succeeds is getting the best out of his players and forming a tight-knit group where his players all work hard for each other.
Aside from Warnock, names such as Steve Evans, Ryan Giggs and Steve McClaren make the list while former Everton boss Roberto Martinez is in the running at 8/1.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez
The Spaniard was sacked by the Toffees at the end of last season following a poor campaign at Goodison Park, yet there is no doubt he has quality and plenty of Premier League experience.
The former Swansea City boss guided Wigan Athletic to an incredible FA Cup triumph, posted Everton’s best ever top-flight points tally and helped develop players such as John Stones and Ross Barkley.
Hull may see Martinez as the ideal man to take over and the Spaniard seemingly wants to remain in English football, though they must act soon and strengthen in the market before the transfer window closes.