It never takes the bookmakers too long to react once a managerial casualty has been confirmed.
Within an hour or two of Michael Appleton’s Blackpool departure, the odds for his successor were doing the rounds across various websites.
The 47-year-old was given the boot from Bloomfield Road just seven months after succeeding Neil Critchley at the helm.
Confirmation of his sacking was shared on Wednesday afternoon, with the Tangerines stuck in the bottom three following a 10-game winless run in the Championship.
Aside from a quite brilliant 4-1 win at home to Nottingham Forest in the Emirates FA Cup, the Seasiders haven’t been victorious since the end of October when Gary Madine and Jerry Yates netted in a 2-1 triumph away at Coventry City.
Blackpool are currently second from bottom in the second tier having clocked up 26 points from 27 games. They find themselves a point better off than bottom side Wigan Athletic, and level with Huddersfield Town, but are now three points adrift of safety with an inferior goal difference.
Here are the leading candidates with Sky Bet to spearhead Blackpool’s survival bid.
*The odds — in descending order — were correct at the time of publication.
1. Blackpool's manager Michael Appleton (2nd right) applauds his side's travelling supporters at the end of the match Photographer Andrew Kearns/CameraSport The EFL Sky Bet Championship - Watford v Blackpool - Saturday 14th January 2023 - Vicarage Road - Watford World Copyright © 2023 CameraSport. All rights reserved. 43 Linden Ave. Countesthorpe. Leicester. England. LE8 5PG - Tel: +44 (0) 116 277 4147 - [email protected] - www.camerasport.com
Blackpool's manager Michael Appleton (2nd right) applauds his side's travelling supporters at the end of the match The EFL Sky Bet Championship - Watford v Blackpool - Saturday 14th January 2023 - Vicarage Road - Watford
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2. Steven Gerrard 33/1
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Aston Villa looks on following their sides defeat after the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on October 20, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Photo: Justin Setterfield
3. Sam Allardyce 33/1
West Bromwich Albion's English head coach Sam Allardyce (L) and West Bromwich Albion's assistant head coach Sammy Lee (R) gesture on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion at Elland Road in Leeds, northern England on May 23, 2021.
Photo: LYNNE CAMERON
4. Gareth Ainsworth 33/1
HIGH WYCOMBE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: Gareth Ainsworth, Manager of Wycombe Wanderers celebrates following their sides victory after the Sky Bet League One between Wycombe Wanderers and Portsmouth at Adams Park on December 04, 2022 in High Wycombe, England. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)
Photo: Alex Morton