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Ipswich Town next manager's job betting market switches favourite as former Millwall and Cardiff City boss Neil Harris becomes a contender

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Neil Harris is the new favourite to become the next manager of Ipswich Town.

Yesterday it was Marc Bircham who topped the betting market in the race to replace Paul Cook, who was sacked at the weekend following a 0-0 draw with lower-league Barrow in the second round of the Emirates FA Cup.

However, former Queens Park Rangers midfielder Bircham has today drifted out as the 4/1 second favourite for the Portman Road post, with Harris now available at evens via BetVictor.

Neil Harris is the new favourite for the Ipswich manager's job. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Neil Harris is the new favourite for the Ipswich manager's job. Picture: Barry Goodwin

The forty-four-year-old has been out of work since being sacked by Championship outfit Cardiff City in January this year, when he was succeeded by ex-Town boss Mick McCarthy.

Speaking to Sky Sports a couple of months after his departure from the Welsh club, Harris said: "The demand of the football club, they have been in the Premier League a couple of times in the last seven years, so the expectation of the fan base is to be there again.

"The expectation of the board was to be a top-six side as often as possible throughout the season and in some ways rightly so, it is a big club.

"I wouldn't say it was unrealistic, challenging at times during a Covid-hit season, the short turnaround, I think we probably really underestimated the play-off defeat and the mentality for the players and the group with that really quick turnaround.

"The players literally had five or seven days off between the two seasons, it's tough to come back from that."

Prior to Cardiff, Harris spent four years in charge of Millwall – a club in which he spent two spells during his playing days.

His tenure at The Den included promotion to the Championship via the League One play-offs in the 2016/17 season.

Other frontrunners with the bookmakers for the Ipswich job include Liam Manning and Frank Yallop (both 6/1), which is the same price as current interim chief John McGreal.