Joey Barton now big favourite to take Bruce’s old job as odds plummet 48 hours after sacking

If the bookies odds are anything to go by, Joey Barton could be set for a swift return to management via Championship strugglers Sheffield Wednesday.

Just a few days on from his sacking at League One side Fleetwood Town, his odds with some bookmakers have dropped from 33/1 to as little as 2/1, with him currently favourite ahead of Mick McCarthy, Gus Poyet and ex-Wigan boss Paul Cook.

The Owls currently sit fourth bottom of the second tier but are unbeaten in their last four – winning three – as they begin a hunt to find their THIRD manager of the season following Tony Pulis’ surprise dismissal last week.

Should Barton arrive at Hillsborough, he would be taking the old position of Steve Bruce, who left Wednesday on bad terms when he jumped ship to join us in 2019 for a reported £1million settlement fee.

Despite losing the Fleetwood job, the ex-NUFC midfielder enhanced his reputation in the North West as he guided The Fisherman to a League One play-off place in his first season as a manager.

Time will tell, but there’s clearly been some BIG money put on the 38-year-old to make a shock move to the South Yorkshire side.

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