Man Utd legend ‘among favourites’ to replace Championship manager

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A former Manchester United star is being linked with a job in the Championship.

A former Manchester United star is said to be in the running for the Middlesbrough job.

The Boro job is now vacant following the sacking of Chris Wilder, who got off to a difficult start to the season. The Teessiders are currently 18th in the Championship, and that’s despite making bold moves in the summer transfer window.

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Boro are hoping to challenge for promotion at the least this season, and they are currently five points off the playoffs and 11 off the top two. All eyes are now turning to who they select as Wilder’s replacement, with recently sacked Watford boss Rob Edwards the current favourite.

Caretaker boss Leo Percovich is the second favourite, and then comes former Manchester United player and coach Michael Carrick.

Carrick is yet to land a head coach or managerial role, but he is third favourite in the odds, ahead of Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper, who is under increased pressure. Familiar favourites such as Mark Robins, Sean Dyche, Daniel Farke and Gary O’Neil all feature further down in the odds.

Here are the odds in full, courtesy of SkyBet.

Rob Edwards – 8/13

Leo Percovich – 6/1

Michael Carrick – 6/1

Carrick during his caretaker stewardship of United Carrick during his caretaker stewardship of United
Carrick during his caretaker stewardship of United

Steve Cooper – 7/1

Carlos Corberan – 8/1

Mark Robins – 12/1

Sean Dyche – 14/1

Andre Villas-Boas – 16/1

Daniel Farke – 16/1

Gary O’Neil – 16/1

Michael Laudrup – 16/1

Scott Parker – 20/1

Nigel Pearson – 22/1

Aitor Karanka – 25/1

Carrick rejoined United as a coach under Jose Mourinho, and he went on to spend around three years at the club, staying on under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The former midfielder went on to briefly become caretaker boss following Solskjaer’s sacking, but he left the club when Ralf Rangnick was appointed interim head coach. It will be interesting to see if he gets his first coaching role at Middlesbrough, which is not too far from where Carrick grew up, in Wallsend.

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