Next Huddersfield Manager Odds: Four candidates to replace Mark Fotheringham
It's a severe dose of deja vu for Huddersfield Town fans who have witnessed a third managerial departure in the last seven months following the sacking of Mark Fotheringham on Wednesday.
Fotheringham had his contract terminated after scraping all of five wins from 21 games during his four month spell, his final outing was a chaotic 2-2 draw against the 10 men of relegation rivals Blackpool which left last season's play-off finalists stuck in the Championship's relegation zone.
The Scot's departure is remarkably the 17th, yes 17th, in the second-tier this season and the division's fourth exit within the last month.
Subsequently, the next Huddersfield manager market reopens its doors once again, below we take a closer look at the early odds and pick out four potential candidates for the job.
Experienced? Tick. Available for hire? Tick. Yorkshireman? Tick.
Chris Wilder is surely the stand-out option for Huddersfield Town, although before fans start to get excited at seeing his name top of the early betting charts (3/1, BetVictor), it's important to note that while the 55-year-old has featured prominently in a number of next manager markets since leaving Middlesbrough in October, he's yet to be tempted back to the touchline.
Yet, a return to both Yorkshire and the Championship could well interest Wilder, who has reportedly turned down the chance to manage in Scotland with Aberdeen.
He will need some convincing and will no doubt be wary of the club's recent conveyor belt of managers. But he did recently admit to The Daily Telegraph that his "hunger is as big as it's ever been", so a serious offer could persuade him as he bids to fill that managerial void.
Huddersfield have two huge games coming up away to rock-bottom Wigan and 19th-placed Stoke.
The hierarchy have confirmed that Narcis Pelach will be interim manager for the second time this season - he beat Cardiff in his one and only match back in September - and will definitely be in charge for Saturday's trip to Wigan. Given the quick turnaround before Wednesday's clash against Stoke, it seems likely he'll be at the helm for that one too.
Should Pelach, who knows the squad inside out, get a tune out of the players and stamp some results on the board then he could well be handed the job until the end of the season.
Currently priced at 8/1, it's worth noting that a manager will "win" this market if they oversee 10 matches, which could make Pelach an appealing option should the club fail to bring in an external manager.
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How about a return for Danny Cowley?
Seeking a new opportunity following his spell at Portsmouth, Cowley represents an attractive price out at 33/1 with Bet Victor.
Back in September 2019, Danny and his brother Nicky made the tough decision to leave their beloved Lincoln - where they'd enjoyed immense success - to test themselves in the Championship with Huddersfield.
The duo initially galvanised the club following the dreadful stint of Jan Siewert - one win in 19 games - and then effectively kept Huddersfield in the league during the Covid-affected campaign, so it was quite a surprise when they were abruptly sacked in the aftermath of that dramatic penultimate-week win over West Brom which propelled the club to 18th, three points above the drop zone with a vastly superior goal difference.
Given Huddersfield's current predicament, could they turn to a familiar face who has the added bonus of previously saving them from the drop? Cowley would instil a fighting spirit and get the players organised: at 33/1, he could be well worth a look.
Ever since he retired, again, from management rumours continue to cling to veteran gaffer Neil Warnock over a possible return to the dugout for one final motivational moment and expletive-filled rant at a poor ref.
Most recently he was the favourite for the Cardiff City job, now he features in the betting for a second spell at another former club in Huddersfield (4/1).
Warnock managed the Terriers between 1993 and 1995, where he won promotion into the First Division and reached the Football League Trophy Final which they lost on penalties.
Now 74, it does admittedly seem unlikely that Warnock will take up another job, but with only a handful of months of the season remaining it would be quite the story if he rescued Huddersfield from the dreaded drop.
The full list of next Huddersfield manager odds can be viewed below.