Falkirk boss: Odds change as McIntyre and McCall '˜reject' Bairns

Ayr United boss Ian McCall remains the bookies' favourite for the job at Westfield after a big move in the market last night.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 30th August 2018, 3:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th August 2018, 5:14 pm

He moved to odds-on favourite as rumours intensified yesterday afternoon that the current Ayr boss and former incumbent of the Bairns hotseat, would be returning to the club.

This morning though, reports in the national media distanced McCall from the job – though Falkirk have insisted that no job offers have been made at this time. However Ayr say a conversation did take place, but have released a statement detailing the Championship-leading manager will be remaining at Somerset Park.

A four-man list was discussed last night and speculation has moved Jim Duffy to second favourite with odds of 6/4 at McBookie, behind even money favourite McCall.

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Jim Duffy and Craig McPherson - Both with history at the club and steady hands and Duffy has publically said he is keen to get back into managment. Know the division and would be a steady influence at a squad which has seen massive turnaround and two managerial departures inside a year.

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Previous fancy, Jim McIntyre is out to 8/1.

McIntyre, who lifted the Scottish League Cup with The Staggies in 2016, had been closeto the joba year ago before the club appointed Paul Hartley.

He had started out as 3/1 favourite before his odds came drastically in to 1/1 shortly after Scottish bookmaker McBookie opened the market. After a move odds-on he was overtaken by McCall and then Duffy following reports in Glasgow he had rejected an approach.

Gary Caldwell has applied and is keen for a crack at management north of the border. Picture: Robert Perry

Gary Caldwell is understood to have applied and to be very keen on the role. He is available at 12/1.

Kenny Miller dropped out of the market having been as short as 6/4 before signing for Dundee.

Jim McIntyre - An ex-Dunfermline boss but was interviewed alongside Hartley when the job was available a year ago. Knows the division and was a strong favourite with the bookies until a Glasgow-based radio station suggested he was out of the running.

Other movers in the market include Billy Davies and Lee Clark.

Jim Duffy, who managed Falkirk from 1988-1989, was as large at 14/1 at one stage yesterday but his odds have shortened dramatically. Duffy left his job as manager of Greenock Morton this summer after four years in charge at Cappielow alongside Falkirk favourite Craig ‘Hagi’ McPherson/

Assistant Manager Gordon Young spoke to the press earlier this afternoon and is 25/1 to land the role full time while ex-Bairns on the list include former Bairns striker Lee Miller at 12/1, and Steven Pressley, Jackie McNamara, Davie Weir, Robbie Neilson and Peter Houston all at 25/1. Another ex-Bairn Stuart Taylor

Who's next for the Bairns?

Unlisted though are the likes of Russell Latapy, Owen Coyle, Stevie Aitken and Danny Lennon.

For the full list of up-to-date prices visit: McBookie.com