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Bookies Offer Odds On Jaap Stam To Be Next Leicester City Manager

But you'd be mad to believe them.

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Dilly ding, dilly dong. Claudio Ranieri, who led Leicester City to an incredible, magical, unthinkable Premier League title last season has tonight been sacked by the Foxes, who sit 17th in the table having not scored a league goal in 2017.

With Reading sitting fourth in the Championship, it was perhaps inevitable that Jaap Stam would find himself on the list of potential replacements with the bookies, and that's exactly what's happened, with Paddy Power offering odds of 20/1 for the Dutchman to take over at the King Power Stadium.

Although that's not quite high enough to make you feel comfortable, they are merely odds, and until any reputable newspaper links Stam to job, we can all rest easy. Huddersfield's David Wagner (16/1) and Leeds' Garry Monk (25/1) are also on the list, so it seems that promotion chasing Championship bosses is a theme. Roberto Mancini, a former Leicester player, is the favourite to take over at 10/3, with former Royals boss Alan Pardew at 6/1.

It's clear that Leicester need a short-term fix to save them from relegation, so bringing in Stam who would implement a completely new system at the King Power would make very little sense. You might also hope that there's an understanding between the Foxes' Thai owners and Reading's Thai owners that the former wouldn't pinch the 44 year old, who has done such a superb job in Berkshire since arriving last summer.