Aitor Karanka looks set to be announced as the new Sunderland manager is bookmakers are to be believed. The former Real Madrid defender enjoyed a successful period in charge of rivals Middslebrough, leading them to the Premier League before being sacked half way through their first season in top flight. It now appears he will be doing battle at the other end of the table with Sunderland rock bottom of the Championship after one win in 16 games so far this season.
In the last 12 hours, Oddschecker has seen a whopping 88% of all bets on the Spaniard in the next Sunderland manager market, well clear of Ally McCoist who is the next most popular with just 3%. Bookmakers have reacted to the heavy market support by cutting Karanka from as big as 9/4 on Wednesday morning to just 4/11 in places this morning.
Karanka tweeted a cryptic clue on his personal account on Wednesday evening that appeared to show him waiting for a train from London to his ‘next stop’. Reaction on social was mixed with some Sunderland fans less than keen on appointing a former manager of a rival.
Next stop... pic.twitter.com/VycIBKLeyn— Aitor Karanka (@Karanka) November 8, 2017
There had been strong rumours last week that current club captain John O’Shea had been interviewed for the vacant position with his odds also plummeting to odds-on at one point but he has since drifted back out to 10/1.
Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek: "As is often the case with sacked managers, it is easy to forget the great job that Karanka did at Middlesbrough in getting them to the Premier League. The money that we have seen come in for him to get the job suggests that it could be a done deal, which looks a far safer appointment than John O'Shea, who had traded at odds-on for much of the past week"