Having been backed as low as 2.02, Neil Lennon has now been usurped as frontrunner in the next Leicester manager betting market by a famous coach who recently became available, Guus Hiddink.
The Dutch legend is [3.1] to Lennon’s [5.5] and has even been backed as low as 2.4, just days after resigning as Netherlands boss in response to their rotten performance thus far in Euro 2016 qualifying, trailing Group A leaders Iceland by five points.
The appeal of Hiddink is fairly easy to grasp: he is a former European Cup winner who has worked for some of the biggest teams on the planet like Real Madrid and Chelsea, yet has also drastically overdelivered with the less-esteemed likes of PSV and South Korea.
Being 68 isn’t a huge concern either thanks in part to the positive early impression being left by another Dutch sexagenarian at a bottom-half Premier League club, with Dick Advocaat helping Sunderland ward off relegation and being rewarded with a full-time job.
There are two alarm bells with Hiddink though that Leicester would be irresponsible to overlook. The first is that the well-travelled motivator hasn’t met expectations in a managerial role, let alone exceeded them, since steering Chelsea to third place and the 2008/09 FA Cup.
He missed out on qualification to World Cup 2010 with Russia, failed to guide Turkey to Euro 2012, couldn’t establish Anzhi Makhachkala among the Russian elite despite heavy spending and lost more matches that he won with World Cup 2014 bronze medallists Netherlands.
The second valid criticism is that he would be a quick fix rather than a long-term solution, not because of his age but because he isn’t inclined to stick around anywhere these days or, when he does show an interest, he lacks the longevity to cling on to the position.
Hiddink has held nine posts this century and five since 2009, with his longest tenure this decade being the 17 months that he gave Anzhi Makhachkala between 2012 and 2013.
It is too soon into Leicester’s current Premier League stay for them to be getting into the business of papering over cracks, as their [4.6] relegation odds make clear.
So while Hiddink’s past achievements deserve plenty of respect and are bound to entice any drop-fearing Premier League side, he isn’t a good fit for the Foxes at present.