Coleman and Wright have their odds cut for Luton job

Former Wales boss now listed at 16/1

Monday, 4th May 2020, 11:05 am
Updated Monday, 4th May 2020, 11:07 am
Former Wales boss Chris Coleman
Former Wales boss Chris Coleman

Former Wales, Sunderland and Fulham manager Chris Coleman has joined the running for the managerial vacancy at Kenilworth Road after seeing his odds cut by SkyBet.

The 49-year-old, who was a player at Swansea City, Crystal Palace, Blackburn Rovers and Fulham, started his managerial career with the Cottagers, leading them to ninth in the Premier League during the 2004-05 season.

After leaving Craven Cottage, he had spells in charge of Real Sociedad, Coventry City and Greek side AEL, before being appointed as Welsh manager in January 2012.

He led his country to the Euro 2016 finals in France as they won their group and then defeated Belgium to reach the semi-finals, losing 2-0 to eventual champions Portugal.

Coleman left his position in November 2017, taking over at Sunderland, then in the the Championship, but departed the Stadium of Light in April 2018 after winning just five of his 29 games in charge.

He was then appointed head coach of Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune, as successor to Manuel Pellegrini in June 2018, signing Javier Mascareno from Barcelona, and finishing in sixth place.

However, last season Fortune were 15th after nine games, as Coleman was sacked on May 15 and has been out of work ever since.

He has now been listed as 16/1 for the job with Luton, despite the Hatters insisting they are not looking to replace Graeme Jones, who left the club by mutual consent recently.

Further ahead of Coleman in the odds at 12/1 is former Newcastle and Manchester City goalkeeper Tommy Wright, who has just left Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone.

The 56-year-old took over from Steve Lomas in June 2013 after initially being assistant at McDiarmid Park, leading the Saints to their first Scottish Cup Final win in May 2014.

He was voted Premiership Manager of the Season for the 2015-16 campaign and secured a third successive fourth-place finish in the Premiership the following season, quitting two days ago after admitting he 'needed a break'.

The Northern Irishman won 31 caps for his country and has also been in charge of Limavady United, Ballymena United and Lisburn Distillery.

The pair are both behind favourite Nathan Jones at 2/5 and Mick Harford 10/1, while Michael Flynn remains 14/1 with Nigel Adkins 14/1, Alan Sheehan 16/1, Gareth Ainsworth 16/1, Ian Evatt 16/1 and Michael Duff 16/1.