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Next Burton Albion Manager Odds

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
11 December 2023, 14:56

This weekend, Burton Albion recorded their fifth loss in a six-match winless run, so it was no shock when the club announced the sacking of Dino Maamria on December 9.

The Tunisian arrived at Pirelli Stadium in 2021 as an assistant to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. Since September 2022, he has been acting as head manager, with Hasselbaink resigning from his position. In his 15 months with Burton, Maamria registered 27 wins, 17 draws and 29 losses.

Sitting 19th in League One, the Brewers need a top manager to overturn their season. The next Burton Albion manager odds can offer an insight into the coaches the club may target in coming weeks.

Burton Albion Next Manager Betting List

Gary Rowett, a well-known figure at the club, is the leading favourite in the Burton Albion next manager odds. Until a permanent appointment is made, Gary Mills will lead the Brewers on an interim basis.

Burton Albion Next ManagerBetVictor ODDS
Gary Rowett2.00
Steve Cotterill5.00
Dean Brennan5.00
Mark Bonner9.00
Gareth Ainsworth13.00

Gary Rowett

The top candidate to become the next Burton Albion manager, Gary Rowett, is a name near and dear to the Yellow and Black Army. The Englishman spent the last two years of his playing career at Pirelli Stadium, and in 2009, he was appointed as an assistant manager at the first team.

In 2012, Rowett was made head manager following the sacking of Paul Peschisolido. In the following seasons, Rowett led Burton to two consecutive play-off spot finishes in League Two, even reaching the promotion final in 2013/14 only to be defeated by Fleetwood Town.

Following his departure from the Brewers, Rowett worked with Birmingham City, Derby County, Stoke City and Millwall, all in the EFL Championship. He left the Lions by mutual consent in October this year – following three seasons marked by mid-table finishes – and has been on the job market since.

Steve Cotterill

Steve Cotterill barely needs any introduction: the veteran manager has been working in the English football pyramid since the mid 1990s, passing through nine different clubs over the years. The 59-year-old places this high on the next Burton Albion manager odds list as he has been available for hire since summer.

Cotterill rose to fame thanks to his work with his hometown club Cheltenham Town. Taking charge of a semi-professional team, he left the Robins playing in the third tier in 2002 following three promotions in five seasons. The Englishman would also go on to win promotions to League One with Notts County in 2009/10 and to EFL Championship with Bristol City in 2014/15.

Cotterill’s last place of work was Shrewsbury Town in League One. Although his time with the Shrews was nothing special, he definitely could be a solid short-term option for Burton Albion given his experience and knowledge of the lower leagues.

Dean Brennan

Dean Brennan is the first name on the bookmakers’ list to have no managerial experience at the professional level. He is also the first coach with an active job, having been employed by Barnet in the National League (fifth tier) since 2021.

Brennan first arrived at Barnet as an assistant manager to Harry Kewell. He became a caretaker just months later as Kewell was fired amid a poor start to the season, and in February 2022, he was installed on a permanent basis. With the Irishman at the helm, the Bees finished fifth in 2022/23 but could not achieve promotion via play-offs. Barnet is aiming for a finish inside the play-off spots in 2023/24 as well, currently placed third.

Dean Brennan held managerial positions with Wealdstone (where he won promotion to the National League), Kingstonian, Billericay Town and Hemel Hempstead Town before. While the Brewers may worry about his lack of experience in the professional leagues, the 43-year-old has shown many positive signs so far.

Mark Bonner

Mark Bonner has recently become a free agent as he was dismissed by fellow League One club Cambridge United in November. The U’s were 18th in the league table at the time of his departure, having recorded just one win in over two months.

Cambridge United remains Bonner’s first and only senior managerial position. The Englishman started at Abbey Stadium as an academy coach all the way back in 2002. He rose through the ranks over the years, and in 2018, the Englishman was named assistant coach. 

Bonner’s stint as the head manager began midway through 2019/20. In the first full season, the 38-year-old led Cambridge United to League One promotion – returning to the third tier for the first time in almost 20 years – after finishing as runners-up. Despite the occasional lows, Bonner led the U’s to safety in his debut League One campaign but could not survive the second season in the competition.

Gareth Ainsworth

Gareth Ainsworth’s most recent venture did not go too well, as he was fired by QPR after just 28 matches in charge in the EFL Championship. In his time with the Rs, the former winger recorded five wins, four draws and 19 losses. However, it is his previous work with Wycombe Wanderers that makes the 50-year-old a solid option for Burton Albion.

Ainsworth began in an assistant position at the Chairboys before being made head manager in 2012. He would spend the next 11 years at Adams Park, overseeing 550 matches in charge of the Blues. 

Starting at a League Two club, Ainsworth gradually improved Wycombe’s game and led them to promotion to League One in 2017/18 and to promotion to EFL Championship in 2019/20. It was under his command that the Chairboys qualified for second-tier football for the first time in history. 

Given that his stint with QPR was largely a disaster, the 50-year-old may consider the job opening at Burton Albion. Given his achievements with Wycombe, he is definitely worth a shot.