FRANK LAMPARD is currently the completely preferred candidate to replace Claudio Ranieri as head coach of Watford.
That’s according to the bookies Betfair, who updated their next manager market as pressure mounts on Ranieri at Vicarage Road.
The Italian replaced Xisco Munoz in October but was unable to reverse the club’s fortunes.
Aside from memorable wins over Everton and Manchester United – Watford have lost 10 of his 12 games under his leadership.
The club have lost seven games in a row and have conceded 20 goals – only Leeds, Newcastle and Norwich have conceded more this campaign.
The Hornets are 17th in the table – two points ahead of Burnley in the relegation zone and Watford will drop to the bottom three if the Clarets win their game.
As a result, everyone’s favorite Ranieri becomes the next top flight boss to take on his mission.
The 70-year-old will be the 15th manager to leave under the club’s owners, the Pozzo family, since they took over in 2012.
But who will replace Ranieri?
Betfair believes former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is the leader, having dramatically shortened his odds from 10/1 to 11/4.
Daniel Farke, who was sacked as Norwich manager in November, is the second favorite at 4/1 for a quick return to the English top flight.
Paulo Fonseca is next bet at 6/1 having recently been tipped for roles at Tottenham, Everton and Newcastle.
Veteran duo Sam Allardyce and Roy Hodgson are locked 7 with Slavisa Jokanovic and Garry Monk also sharing the price of 9/1.
Neil Lennon is 10/1 as a free agent since he left Celtic in February 2021.
Former favorite Diego Martinez has noticeably drifted away from January 4 to January 11.
The former Granada boss, 41, was promoted with the club before leading them to a seventh place finish in his debut campaign.
He reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League in the club’s first European appearance before losing to Manchester United.
The Athletic claim Martinez, who allowed his contract to expire in June, has spent time in England studying his English and watching Premier League football.
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