SEAN DYCHE is favourite for the Bournemouth job.

That’s according to bookmakers Sky Bet, who’ve installed the former Burnley tactician as the 11/8 market leader.

Sean Dyche is favourite for the Bournemouth job, according to Sky Bet

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Sean Dyche is favourite for the Bournemouth job, according to Sky BetCredit: GETTY

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However, there’s competition in the shape of caretaker Gary O’Neil at 2/1 and FK Bodo/Glimt boss Kjetil Knutsen at 6s.

Ex-midfielder O’Neil has been in temporary charge of the Cherries following Scott Parker’s dismissal.

A goalless draw at home to Wolves started his reign before they overturned a two-goal deficit to beat Nottingham Forest 3-2. They then secured a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park to jump to 12th in the table.

They turned a two-nil deficit at Forest into a 3-2, much-needed win and O’Neil’s odds were slashed to 2/1 with Sky Bet.

The Telegraph have also claimed that the Bournemouth’s players want O’Neil to be offered the permanent job at the Vitality Stadium.

Dyche had his odds drift slightly as a result, from 4/5 to 11/8.

He worked miracles on a small budget for years, keeping the club in the top flight consistently before losing his job last year.

Dyche has been out of work since April and has been linked with several top-end Championship sides since, though a move back to the Premier League is likely to tempt him.

And he said as much in a recent interview. He told SPORTbible: There’s nothing that I wouldn’t look at.

“I managed in the Championship, the Premier League as well. I’d never disrespect any club. I’ve been around the game since I was 16.”

It would mean a likely change in playing styles though after Parker’s attempt to play possession-based football.

That change in styles would definitely be the case with Allardyce, with an S.O.S call potentially being sent out early.

He’s earned a living in recent seasons of being drafted in to keep sides in the Premier League, though couldn’t do the same with West Brom in the season before last.

Next Bournemouth boss

Sky Bet odds

  • Sean Dyche – 11/8
  • Gary O’Neil – 2/1
  • Kjetil Knutsen – 6/1
  • Sam Allardyce – 8/1
  • Nathan Jones – 10/1
  • Marcelo Bielsa – 16/1
  • Chris Wilder – 20/1
  • Harry Redknapp – 20/1
  • John Terry – 20/1
  • Wayne Rooney – 33/1

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It would be an early call to make for the Bournemouth hierarchy who have been patient in their pursuit of Parker’s successor.

Knutsen has attracted some support and has been cut from double figure odds down to 6/1.

He has been linked with several top British jobs – including the vacant Brighton job – after his work in Norway and was recently linked with the Blackburn and Burnley vacancies.

Luton Town boss Nathan Jones also attracted considerable support but has drifted to 10/1.

Jones was reappointed as Luton boss in May 2020 and they’re mid-table in the Championship currently.

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