Recently departed boss shoots straight to favourite for next Northern Ireland manager

Recently departed boss shoots straight to favourite for next Northern Ireland manager

The former St Johnston boss is the bookies favourite

Tommy Wright has shot straight to the top of the market to be named as next Northern Ireland manager, after leaving St Johnston.

The Northern Irishman has been cut from 6/1 into 1/2 with the bookies to take over his national side, overtaking a number of other Scottish Premiership bosses.

Wright has been the most popular with punters since leaving the Saints, attracting 61% of all bets over the last week.

Elsewhere, former hot favourite and current Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson has drifted from 1/2 out to 7/2 to take over the national side.

Former Steelmen gaffer Ian Barraclough is the same price as Robinson at 7/2 to take over.

Hearts assistant Austin McPhee is now the fourth favourite but his odds have drifted like a barge and has gone from former favourite out to 25/1.

Oran Kearney (25/1) is the same price, as is all-time leading goalscorer for the nation – David Healy (25/1).

The next list of contenders are some way out of the race, according to the bookies, with Martin O’Neill (50/1), Grant McCann (50/1), Jim Magilton (50/1) and Aaron Hughes (50/1) following next.

Oddschecker spokesperson Callum Wilson: “It must be said that Tommy Wright managed an impressive job over seven years at St Johnston.

“It comes to no surprise that he’s leapt to the top of the market after leaving the Saints, becoming the fourth new favourite after Robinson, McPhee and Barraclough all being touted previously.”


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