Next Bristol Rovers Manager Odds: Andy Mangan Favourite To Take The Job
Bristol Rovers are on the lookout for a new manager and the best betting sites reckon there are several contenders for the role.
The Pirates parted ways with Joey Barton last month after a run of one win in five League One games left them on the cusp of the relegation zone.
Barton had led Rovers to promotion from League Two in 2021/22 and then kept them in the third tier last season, but the club reasoned that the time had come for a change.
Andy Mangan has been installed as his replacement on an interim basis. The former striker has done a decent job so far, taking seven points from a possible 12 to lift Rovers into mid-table.
He also oversaw a 7-2 victory over Whitby Town in the first round of the FA Cup.
This could be an attractive job and the Rovers board will want to install a permanent replacement for Barton as soon as possible.
Who might that be? Let’s take a look at the latest betting odds before analysing the runners and riders in this race.
Mangan Heads Up Betting List With Talks Rumoured
Andy Mangan is the odds-on favourite at 1/3 to stay in charge at the Memorial Stadium.
Bristol Rovers suffered an agonisingly late defeat at promotion-chasing Derby on Saturday and Mangan might have taken charge of his final match as interim manager.
However, over the past few days, it looks increasingly likely that the 37-year-old will land the job on a full-time basis.
The worry is that Mangan has no prior managerial experience, but Rovers could entrust him with the position given his positive interim spell.
Former Rotherham Boss Taylor Is Poised
Football betting sites have Matt Taylor as the second favourite at 9/4 to take over at the Memorial Stadium.
The former Exeter City and Rotherham United head coach is reportedly set to hold talks with the Bristol Rovers hierarchy in the coming days, and if those discussions go well then Taylor may well be appointed soon.
It is not a given, though. Taylor was only in charge of Rotherham for a year before being sacked.
He did some excellent work at Exeter before that, but Rovers will want to consider all their options first.
Robinson Waiting For First Post-Oxford Gig
Karl Robinson was relieved of his duties as Oxford United manager in February after a five-year spell in charge.
He briefly served as an assistant to Sam Allardyce at Leeds towards the end of last term and is now waiting for his next opportunity.
Could that be at Bristol Rovers? Robinson would be a strong candidate.
He has been in management since 2010 but is still only 43 years old, while League One is a division he knows well. For those who fancy Robinson, take up odds of 8/1.
Monk Linked With First Managerial Role Since 2020
Garry Monk was once tipped to be one of English football’s brightest homegrown coaches, but things have not gone to plan for the former defender.
He impressed during his first managerial role with Swansea City, but subsequent spells with Leeds United, Middlesbrough, Birmingham City and Sheffield Wednesday were a mixed bag at best.
Still, all of those clubs are bigger than Bristol Rovers and Monk, who is priced at 10/1 with Parimatch, would bring plenty of experience to the Memorial Stadium.
However, he has now been out of work for more than three years and it is not clear if Monk is even looking for a way back to the dugout.
Jones Could Return To The EFL
Nathan Jones has been out of a job since he left Southampton in February and he is an outside shot to take over as Rovers boss.
The Welshman was named 2021-22 Championship Manager of the Year after guiding Luton to a sixth placed finish, before losing in the play-off semi-final to Huddersfield Town.
He then moved into England's top flight with Southampton, but struggled to make an impact and was relieved of his duties after a run of one win in eight matches, leaving the Saints rock bottom of the Premier League.
Jones is available at 25/1 with BetVictor to be the next Bristol Rovers boss after nine months out of the game.
Richardson In With An Outside Chance
At 25/1, former Wigan Athletic boss Leam Richardson is the sixth favourite for the vacancy.
Richardson has been out of a job since he was dismissed by the Latics back in November 2022, and this opportunity could appeal to the 44-year-old after a year out of the dugouts.
He has a League One promotion to his name and this could be an intelligent capture with him being available as a free agent.
Lennon And Worle Among The Outsiders
There are numerous outsiders for the role on betting apps.
There is not enough space to list them all here, but Neil Lennon (25/1) and Thomas Worle (33/1) are two names worthy of consideration.
Lennon has managed four clubs in his career to date, with two spells at Celtic the most memorable.
His only previous job in England did not go particularly well, as he struggled to make a positive impression at Bolton Wanderers.
Worle was in charge of Bayern Munich's women side for nine years between 2010 and 2019 and currently in charge of German side SSV Ulm 1846.
However, it would be a surprise if he was given the nod ahead of Mangan given his lack of knowledge when it comes to the English game.
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