May 18, 2024

Garry Monk and Karl Robinson, two former Leeds United coaches, were the front-runners, but a former Rotherham United manager is starting to show promise


Since firing Joey Barton, Bristol Rovers have been without a manager for three weeks.


Instead of hurrying into an appointment, the Gas have delegated control to Andy Mangan, Barton’s right-hand man. He’s done a fantastic job leading the Memorial Stadium thus far; in the five games he’s managed, they have won all of them, and he’s helped them advance to the EFL Trophy semifinals and climb as high as 10th in the League One standings.


Although Mangan has demonstrated his loyalty to Barton by following him to Rovers and Fleetwood Town, it is unclear if he will stay with the team or follow Barton to his next venture.


“If the owners decide they want to give me the job then I’ll be one of the proudest men ever,” said Mangan on Tuesday night to BristolLive when asked if he would be interested in taking the job on a permanent basis.


“I would be delighted to take over. All I can keep doing is keep winning games of football. I think you can see the lads are all together so we’ve just got to take it from there.”


Sheffield Wednesday is seeking a young manager with experience in League One and Championship, with Garry Monk, formerly of Birmingham City and Sheffield Wednesday, being of interest. Leeds United coach Karl Robinson is also keen.


As the search goes on for a manager, we take a look at who’s in the running for the job, and who’s the favourite. A recently sacked Championship manager, let go by Rotherham United is now a key contender through the role. Flick through to see who’s favourite from least likely to most likely. All odds are courtesy of BetVictor, and are right at the time of publication (11:25 on 16th November, 2023)


1. Sol Campbell, Stephen Bradley, Steve Bruce and Steve Morrison.

2. Robbie Nielson, Ryan Mason, Sam Allardyce, Scott Brown and Shaun Derry.

3. Neil Warnock, Paul Hartley, Paul Tisdale, Pete Wild and Phil Parkinson.

4. Mark Jackson, Michael Beale, Mick McCarthy, Nathan Rooney and Neil Lennon.

5. Keith Curle, Kevin Muscat, Kevin Phillips, Luke Garrard and Mark Bonner.

6. Frank Lampard, Gary Bowyer, Gary Johnson, Ian Dawes and John McGreal.

7. Chris Hughton, Craig Hignett, Damien Duff, Dean Smith and Derek McInness.

8. Lee Bowyer, Adam Hinshelwood, Aidy Boothroyd, Andy Woodman and Brian Barry-Murphy.

9. Mark Kennedy, Mark Cooper, Leam Richardson, Steve Evans and Kevin Maher.

10. Ian Holloway, Gareth Ainsworth, Danny Cowley, John Eustace and Dean Holden.

11. David Artell, Ben Garner, Nathan Jones, Paul Cook and Chris Wilder.

12. Tommy Widdrington, Thomas Worle, Lee Bowyer, Lee Bell and Glenn Whelan.

13. Neil Harris

14. Andy Mangan

15. Garry Monk

16. Matt Taylor

17. Karl Robinson

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