Ex-Bristol City defender emerges as an early favorite for Hull City job

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Dyche had a spell at Ashton Gate as a player but has made a bigger success as a manager - so could he return?

Former Bristol City defender Sean Dyche has emerged as one of the favourites for the recently vacant Hull City job.

Shota Arveladze’s time on Humberside was brought to an end on Friday morning after the Hull chairman said their ‘views had not aligned’ following numerous meetings over the international break.

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The Tigers axed the former Rangers striker on the day of the game against Championship outfit Luton Town.

The search for his successor has already begun and former Burnley boss Dyche has emerged as a potential contender, given he is out of work. The 51-year-old is available after being sacked in mid-April by the Clarets, and has not taken up a manager’s post since.

BetVictor have made the recently-axed Bournemouth boss Scott Parker a 6/1 favourite for the post, but Dyche isn’t too far behind him with odds of 8/1. (as of 14:45, 30.09.2022)

Given his years of experience of keeping Burnley in the Premier League, the 51-year-old may wait until the winter transfer window for a top-flight job.

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“I think I’d afford myself a window because I did seven out of eight seasons in the Premier League,” he admitted to BBC’s Kammy & Ben’s Proper Football Podcast.

“So I think I’d at least afford myself a window to see if a Premier League club want to take me and want me to do what they want me to do, or want me to do what they need me to do.”

Dyche was part of City’s promotion winning side in 1997 but were relegated the season after and joined Luton Town, which paved the way for his permanent exit to Millwall. In total he played 20 times for the Robins under John Ward and later Benny Lennartsson.

He has only managed two clubs in his career which was Watford for a season after taking over from Malky Mackay, before succeeding Eddie Howe at Turf Moor in October 2012, where he would spend a decade.

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Also amongst the contenders is former Bristol Rovers defender Tony Pulis, who once managed City for a season. The 64-year-old hasn’t managed since being relieved of his duties as manager of Sheffield Wednesday but is as high as fourth favourite at 12/1.

Liam Rosenior, who was recently replaced as head coach at Derby County, having started his career at City, is an outside shout at 12/1.

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