Fulham managerial betting update: Rowett favourite, interesting outside bet

Championship side Fulham are still on the lookout for a new boss.

Around three weeks have passed since Fulham sacked Kit Symons, and it appears the West London outfit are no closer to naming his successor.

Reading boss Steve Clarke was widely tipped to join, yet a change of heart has left Fulham frustrated.

The Championship outfit boast a decent squad and they seem to have enough financial resources for a new manager to come in and have a real crack at the playoffs, either this season or next.

Moreover, with Craven Cottage one of the most intriguing stadiums outside the Premier League and Fulham’s location an obvious pull – surely any manager would feel privileged to join the club, wouldn't they?

Well, so far, it hasn’t really turned out that way and the betting odds reflect the notion that Fulham could indeed struggle to find a suitable manager willing to take the job on.

Hull City’s Steve Bruce, Burton Albion’s Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink and ex-Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson have all gone from favourites to rank outsiders in the betting industry.

According to Sky Bet, the new favourite is now Birmingham City’s Gary Rowett at 8/11.

The former Derby County full-back would be a cracking addition for Fulham, yet one has to question why he would leave Birmingham, considering his Midlands links plus his success at St. Andrew's.

The Blues are currently sixth in the table, they have a host of exciting youngsters and they recently thrashed Fulham 5-2 at Craven Cottage – a result which cost Symons his job.

It’s unlikely that Rowett would up sticks to join Fulham, leaving fellow contenders Alan Curbishley [15/2] and Chelsea coach Steve Holland [12/1] now looking arguably the most viable options.

But what about Oscar Garcia at a whopping 40/1? The fact Harry Redknapp has shorter odds suggest this might be a complete write-off to begin with, yet that doesn’t hide the fact he is an interesting possibility.

The Spaniard did an excellent job at Brighton by making the playoffs in the 2013/14 campaign, while Watford fans were very keen on him before he had to step down for health issues.

Assuming he is back on his feet and willing to have another crack at management, Fulham should do all they can to tempt him to West London as he certainly has all the credentials needed.

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