After sacking Craig Shakespeare Leicester City are looking for their third manager in eight months.

As ever, the chance to coach in the Premier League has seen a number of names linked with the vacancy at the King Power Stadium.

Former England manager Sam Allardyce has been installed as the bookmakers’ favourite, although he is uncertain about taking the job now.

Others in the frame include Wales boss Chris Coleman, while Burnley’s Sean Dyche and former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini have been mentioned.

There has even been speculation that Leicester’s owners are looking at Carlo Ancelotti as they would like a big name to take the hot seat.

Either way, the Foxes hierarchy have not lined someone up to replace Shakespeare and it means the race is wide open.

Several candidates are expected to be interviewed in the coming weeks with Michael Appleton in place as a caretaker until then.

And, with that in mind, we take a look at five outsiders in the hunt to become the new Leicester manager.

Name: Brendan Rodgers

Current club: Celtic

Odds: 33/1

After being axed by Liverpool, Rodgers has rebuilt his reputation north of the border. After taking charge of Celtic in May 2016, he guided the club to an unbeaten season as they secured a domestic treble for the fourth time in their history.

The 44-year-old received high praise for his team's style of play too, just as he did when he was at Liverpool and Swansea City.

Rodgers is likely to want another stab at the Premier League but it may prove tough for Leicester to prise him away. At Celtic, he has Champions League football to look forward to and he signed a four-year deal in April.

Leicester’s owners, as we know, are incredibly ambitious though. They have ploughed millions into the club already and they would undoubtedly back whichever manager comes in.

That could tempt Rodgers to return to England, although he maybe put off by the prospect of taking over at Leicester in the middle of the season.

Name: Chris Wilder

Current club: Sheffield United

Odds: 33/1

It is rare that a Premier League club looks to the lower divisions for a new manager but Leicester should seriously consider Wilder.

His record over the past two seasons has been remarkable and he is quickly establishing himself as one to watch.

After guiding Northampton Town to the League Two title in 2016, Wilder took charge at Sheffield United that summer. He instantly took them up to the Championship after winning League One and they now sit third in the table.

The Blades have impressed many with their style of football and Wilder is rightfully earning plenty of plaudits. He may not be a high-profile name, but the 50-year-old would certainly suit Leicester’s style of football.

However, they could struggle to lure him away from his boyhood club Sheffield right now. The Blades have made a fine start to the season and Wilder may feel he has unfinished business.

Name: Guus Hiddink

Current club: Unemployed

Odds: 33/1

Whenever a Premier League club is looking for a short-term fix Hiddink is linked with the job. The 70-year-old has performed that role twice at Chelsea and it has earned him a reputation as a lucrative firefighter.

He was linked with the Leicester job back in February when Claudio Ranieri was sacked. Talks reportedly took place but in the end Shakespeare came in.

The Leicester owners seemingly like Hiddink, though, and they may now turn to him. The Dutchman would provide the perfection solution if the Foxes wanted someone to take charge until the end of the season, when they could then go for a long-term appointment.

Hiddink is usually very popular with everyone at clubs when he comes in and he would likely have a galvanising impact at the King Power. The 70-year-old is keen to get back into work too according to reports and he was linked with the Middlesbrough job in the summer.

Name: Michael Laudrup

Club: Al-Rayyan Sports Club

Odds: 60/1

If Leicester’s owners want a big name then they should look no further than Laudrup. The Dane had one of the most glittering playing careers imaginable and has a huge billing around the world.

But he has not been seen in England since his time with Swansea and is currently managing in Qatar. However during his stint in the Premier League Laudrup won plenty of fans and admirers.

He lifted the League Cup with Swansea in 2013, but it was his style of football that was the real winner. Laudrup continued Swansea’s tradition of being one of the best passing teams in the country and the chance of him bringing that to Leicester may attract the owners.

It would be a gamble given how long Laudrup has been away from England. But if the Leicester owners want a big name and attractive football, the great Dane could be the answer.

Name: Jaap Stam

Club: Reading

Odds: 66/1

Eyebrows were raised when it was announced last summer that Stam was taking charge at Reading. However during his first season in England the Dutchman showed why he is so highly thought of.

Stam tooking Reading all the way to the play-off final where they narrowly lost on penalties to Huddersfield Town. Despite the defeat, Stam earned plenty of praise during his first season for revolutionising how Reading play.

A possession-based system similar to that of Ajax was brought in and it worked wonders. This season, however, Stam and Reading have got off to a stuttering start.

That could well work against the former defender but if Leicester are looking for a long-term appointment they should still consider the 45-year-old.

The only concern maybe that his possession style of football is too far removed from the Foxes’ usually direct approach.

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