Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson an early favourite for AFC Bournemouth role
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has emerged as an early bookies favourite for the AFC Bournemouth hotseat after having odds slashed.
The Cherries parted company with Paul Groves and his assistant Shaun Brooks earlier today following just one win from their first ten games.
Hours after the Dorset club announced the departure of the former Grimsby Town man, Johnson was announced as a 33-1 outsider by Victor Chandler's online service BetVictor.
However, punters had less than ten minutes to take advantage of that price as he first tumbled to 4-1 and then 5-2 - shorter odds than former Tottenham Hotspur chief Harry Redknapp, who took up an advisory role at the Goldsands Stadium last month.
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At 2.25pm today Burnley's Eddie Howe was 6-4 with BetVictor and 8-11 with Stan James for a return to his old haunt, with Stan James offering odds of 4-1 on Johnson to leave Huish Park to cross the county border.
But it is proving to be an extremely volatile market.
By 3pm today, Howe had drifted to 7-2 and Johnson 3-1, with evens for Steve Cotterill.
It is understood that the Bournemouth hierarchy are big fans of Johnson, who guided Yeovil to the top of League one in August.
Last month's 1-0 success for Groves' team in Somerset marked the start of a six-game losing streak for the Glovers, that continued last night against Portsmouth.
BetVictor were asked to open a market last week after customers requested odds on Glenn Hoddle and Redknapp to become the next Cherries boss, but significant gambles on Johnson and Howe have seen prices plummet.
See tomorrow's Western Gazette for all the latest news from Huish Park