After the fifth loss in the last five matches in the 2023/24 EFL Championship, Bristol City announced the departure of Nigel Pearson. The 60-year-old veteran coach assumed his role at Ashton Gate in February 2021 and never managed to finish in the bottom half with the Robins.
Pearson leaves the team in 15th place, and the press insists that his poor relationship with the club’s officials was also a factor which contributed to his sacking on October 28.
The Robins do not give up on their hopes of playing Premier League football one day and will look for a manager that can make that dream a reality. As the next Bristol City manager odds down below indicate, some names on the list already have experience in the top flight.
Bristol City Next Manager Betting List
John Eustace and Gary Rowett are seen as the top candidates for the job as far as the Bristol City next manager odds are concerned. In the meantime, Curtis Fleming, the former assistant coach, will act as interim manager at Ashton Gate.
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John Eustace lost his job in the EFL Championship only a few weeks ago and he may be back in action sooner than we expect. As per reports, he is one of the top candidates to become the next Bristol City manager.
At the time of Eustace’s departure from Birmingham City, the Blues were sitting sixth in the standings. However, the club wanted to bring Wayne Rooney to St Andrew’s, so the 43-year-old was fired despite getting Birmingham City to their best league finish in the past five years in 2022/23.
Eustace proved himself as an apt tactician while at Birmingham, although he had to adopt a more cautious approach than during his time with Kidderminster Harriers in the National League. Other than these two positions, Eustace also served as an assistant and caretaker at QPR and assistant at the Republic of Ireland national team.
Gary Rowett is similarly available for instant hire as he left fellow EFL Championship club Millwall by mutual consent earlier this month. The 49-year-old is also claimed to be on the shortlist of managers the Robins are currently considering.
Compared to the previous name on our next Bristol City manager odds list, Rowett is significantly more experienced as a head coach as he started his career in 2012 at Burton Albion, then in League Two.
While he started in the fourth-tier, the majority of Rowett’s career was spent in the EFL Championship, working with the likes of Birmingham City, Derby County, Stoke City and, most recently, Millwall. Adaptive with his tactics and always looking to improve, Rowett’s top achievement is reaching promotion play-offs with the Rams, although they would go on to lose to Fulham.
The final name which has been linked with Bristol City in the media is Nathan Jones. He is the first manager on our list to have experienced Premier League football, as he coached Southampton during the 2022/23 season. However, the Welshman was dismissed after failing to save the Saints from relegation.
Prior to his stint at Southampton, Jones also had two runs with Luton Town (2016-19 and 2020-22) and a short spell at Stoke City inbetween. The work Jones can be most proud of was with Luton Town, first winning promotion to League One during his first stay at Kenilworth Road, and then reaching Premier League promotion play-offs spots after his return in 2020.
Despite his inability to turn things around at Southampton, Jones is definitely a strong candidate to build a long-term project at Ashton Gate due to his experience and proactive attitude.
Frank Lampard, meanwhile, has not been in the conversation to become the Bristol City manager but he certainly has the credentials for it. And like the aforementioned names, the Englishman is currently a free agent.
Lampard started his managerial career in the EFL Championship with Derby County and led them to the promotion play-offs final in 2018/19 where they were defeated by Aston Villa. Unlike the Rams, Lampard did not continue in the second tier as he was appointed by Chelsea in the Premier League.
Lampard had his ups at Stamford Bridge too – being named Premier League manager of the month at some point – but his period with Chelsea is generally considered a disappointment. Similarly, Lampard did not show much at Everton, and his last inscription on the CV is the caretaker spell with Chelsea in 2022/23.
Nevertheless, the former England midfielder showed positive signs while in the EFL Championship and perhaps dropping down to the second tier may be a good way to revitalise his career.
Finally, there is Steve Cotterill who already for whom Ashton Gate is like home as he worked there between 2013 and 2016. In charge of the Robins, Cotterill won the FA Trophy in 2014/15 and won promotion to the EFL Championship the same term. However, the veteran did not survive the first season in the second flight as the team was struggling amid increased competition after a lack of investments in the squad.
Other than Bristol City, Cotterill worked at various levels of the English Football System, coaching the likes of Cheltenham Town, Notts County, Nottingham Forest and others.
Cotterill is currently on the job market as he left Shrewsbury Town at the end of the 2022/23 term. Despite his long career, Cotterill never managed in the Premier League, and him taking Bristol City to their first ever top division promotion would make for a great tale!