Bristol Rovers managed to survive their first season back in League One as they finished the 2022/23 term in 17th place. However, the results did not improve during the 2023/24 campaign as the team started losing one player after another due to injuries.
So, on October 26, following a string of negative results and with the team in 16th place, Bristol Rovers announced the sacking of Joey Barton. The 41-year-old was responsible for their promotion to the third tier but seemingly could not overcome the injury crisis that hit the team.
Now, the Pirates are in search of their new gaffer, with the next Bristol Rovers manager odds already available.
Bristol Rovers Next Manager Betting List
Karl Robinson, who is a free agent after his departure from Leeds United, is the bookmakers’ favourite when it comes to the Bristol Rovers next manager odds. There are other riveting candidates on the list too, with caretaker Andy Mangan being one of them.
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Having a manager who only recently worked in the Premier League become the next Bristol Rovers manager is sure to excite the fans. Despite odds offered by BetVictor, however, there have not been any concrete rumours linking Karl Robinson to Memorial Stadium.
Nevertheless, Robinson would be an amazing candidate to improve things at the Pirates as he promotes a modern, attacking style of playing. Besides, the 46-year-old boasts a vast experience, having started his managerial career all the way in 2010 – he was the youngest coach at the professional level back then, only 29 years old at the time of his appointment.
Robinson’s last inscription on the CV is Leeds United where he was an assistant to Sam Allardyce. However, they could not save the Whites from Premier League relegation and their tenure was cut short after just 30 days. Previously, Robinson had worked with Milton Keynes Dons, Charlton Athletic and Oxford United at various levels of the English football pyramid.
Despite being second on the next Bristol Rovers manager odds, Garry Monk has been on a coaching hiatus for three years now. His last position was with Sheffield Wednesday in the EFL Championship.
However, if you are a fan of English football of the early 2010s, you will remember Monk from his time at Swansea City in the Premier League. First appointed on an interim basis, the former defender managed to save his ex-club from relegation in 2013/14. Monk would depart Swansea only mid-season in 2015/16 following a string of negative results, leaving the team in 15th place.
Then, Monk had spells in the EFL Championship with Birmingham City, Leeds United, Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday, all in the second tier, but he failed to replicate his early success.
Even though Monk hasn’t coached in three years, he would be a good candidate for the Gas in the long-term as he has experience at the top level. The adaptive approach would allow the 44-year-old to work with what he is given at Memorial Stadium.
Andy Mangan, who was initially appointed on an interim basis, is now apparently in the running for the permanent position as well. The 37-year-old has been in charge of Bristol Rovers since October 26 and has recorded two wins and one draw in the meantime.
Despite the optimistic start, the Pirates may have second thoughts about trusting Mangan in the long run as he lacks experience. In fact, this is his first spell as the head manager. The Englishman began as an assistant to Joey Barton at Fleetwood Town, later following him to Bristol Rovers.
Judging by his recent comments in the press, Mangan does not exclude the possibility of staying in charge at Memorial Stadium for a longer period. However, he is taking it one step at the time, and the next few weeks will tell if he has what it takes to lead Bristol Rovers on a permanent basis.
Another coach that recently lost his job is Neil Harris, as he departed League Two side Gillingham in October this year. Despite being close in age – Harris is 46 – to the previous name in the next Bristol Rovers next manager odds list, he is significantly more experienced.
The Englishman started his coaching career at Millwall, first as their U21 coach and then moved to the senior side in 2015. With the Lions, Harris initially suffered relegation from the EFL Championship only to be promoted back two seasons later. After his departure from Millwall, the English technician worked with Cardiff City and Gillingham.
Adaptive, resourceful and knowledgeable of the lower divisions, Harris could be up to the task of improving the Pirates’ situation. However, his name is not circulating in the media as a potential candidate for now.
Danny Cowley belongs to the young generation of English managers that bet on possession and intensity in their approach. This philosophy has seen Cowley rise from the non-league divisions – where he worked with Concord Rangers and Braintree Town – all the way up to the EFL Championship, where he was named Manager of the Month at some point of his spell with Huddersfield Town.
Cowley’s best work was with Lincoln City between 2015 and 2019 as he took the Imps from the National League (fifth tier) all the way up to League One (third tier). Curiously, Lincoln are currently in search of a new manager as well and he is said to have an offer from LNER Stadium on the table.
So, if Bristol Rovers are to appoint Cowley, they may have to compete with Lincoln for his signature. The 45-year-old has been on the job market since being fired by Portsmouth in January 2023.