Championship Sack Race: Wayne Rooney first Championship manager to leave/be sacked odds
Championship sack race. It’s safe to say Wayne Rooney’s summer as Derby County manager has been an eventful one by all accounts. Whilst the records will show that Rooney ‘kept’ Derby in the Championship last season, the reality is far from that.
Over the years we’ve watched many great escapes in the likes of Leicester under Nigel Pearson in 2015 or Sunderland under Sam Allerdyce in 2014, but Rooney managed just a single point for Derby in their last 7 matches, with that coming on the final day of the season vs Sheffield Wednesday in a relegation shootout.
It was far from glamorous and if Sheffield Wednesday hadn’t been given a 6 point deduction at the start of last season, then Derby would’ve been relegated instead of them.
Rooney’s problems have only gotten worse since then. Derby have been investigated by the Football League for ‘financial irregularities’ and have been put in a mini transfer embargo that bans them from buying any players.
11 players out of contract have been let go without new deals signed. That includes two of Derby’s 2nd top goalscorers from last season Martyn Waghorn and Scott Malone who have both been picked up by Championship rivals Coventry and Millwall.
Other players released include Championship experienced players like Jordan Ibe, Jack Marriott, Curtis Davies and Andre Wisdom.
They currently have a squad so thin they’re not even considered ‘up to professional standards’ by the Football League, so have granted special permission to sign four players but they can only be on loan or free agents, or one-year contracts, just so they can bring their squad number to 23. As of yet, a week before the season starts, they are yet to bring any of those new players in.
If Rooney isn’t sacked for bad results then I don’t think anyone can blame him for walking under these conditions. His name and reputation is under threat here and of course things don’t look any better when his private life gets blasted all over newspapers/social media for the wrong reasons.
It all doesn’t bode well for Rooney this season and it’s no surprise that he is evens to be the first Championship manager to leave or be sacked at evens, the next favourite isn’t even that close, as far out as 9/1!
Where would Wayne Rooney go next?
Whilst Wayne Rooney’s managerial career certainly hasn’t kicked into life like his playing career did in 2002.
He is however a 60/1 to become the next permanent Manchester United boss after Ole Gunnar Solskjær with Betfair and Paddy Power, his name up there as a novelty really after his glistening career at Old Trafford.
I think most of you will agree that the price should be a lot higher, if he can’t prove himself at Derby then there’s no way he could jump straight to Manchester United.
He will need to prove himself at a lower Premier League or Championship level before ever being seriously considered for a job like that. If he had no club right now then I’d fully expect to see his name in contention for a job like Swansea City which is currently open.
Who would Derby bring in as a replacement?
Whilst there’s currently no official markets up for Derby’s next manager, you would expect to see the likes of former Chelsea John Terry a favourtie. He was 4/5 to become Derby boss at one point last season before Rooney got the job permanently.
Terry was assistant coach at Aston Villa at the time and rumours always grow strong when a job like Derby or Swansea is available for him to take the plunge to become a first team manager/coach in the Championship. He has left Villa over the summer so expect to see his name flying about.
First Championship manager to leave/be sacked 2021/22 odds:
Wayne Rooney, Derby – Evens
Darren Ferguson, Peterborough United – 9/1
Grant McCann, Hull City – 12/1
Carlos Croberan, Huddersfield Town – 14/1
Niel Critchley, Blackpool – 16/1
Lee Bowyer, Birmingham City – 16/1
Frankie McAvoy, Preston – 16/1
Mark Robins, Coventry – 16/1
I’ll be posting my outrights for the season week beginning 2nd of August, find them in my bets.