Birmingham's Garry Monk emerges as surprise new favourite for Southampton manager's job

A general view of St Mary's Stadium ahead of the Premier League match between Southampton and Everton at St Mary's Stadium on November 26, 2017 in Southampton, England.

The Birmingham City boss is a former Southampton player.

Garry Monk the manager of Birmingham City looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Birmingham City at Villa Park on November 25, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

The Birmingham City manager, Garry Monk, has emerged as the surprise new favourite for Mark Hughes' job at Southampton with one bookmaker.

Paddy Power has Monk as short as 15/8 to succeed the struggling Welshman, whose future is under increasing pressure.

The recently sacked ex-Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim is 3/1 to lead the Saints next, ahead of David Moyes (15/2), Sam Allardyce and Steve Bruce (both 10/1).

 

Monk spent eight years on Southampton's books as a player and has since managed four clubs, Swansea City, Leeds United, Middlesbrough and Birmingham, with varying degrees of success.

The 39-year-old took the St Andrew's reins earlier this year and has led the Blues away from relegation danger and into the comfort of mid-table.

But whether he would leave that job so soon for Southampton remains to be seen, with the Saints dropping into the Premier League's bottom three after Saturday's defeat against Fulham.

Steve Bruce the head coach

Bruce, the former Birmingham and Aston Villa manager, had led the betting until Monk's sudden emergence.

Would the Birmingham boss be a good fit for Southampton?

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