Next Cambridge United Manager Odds

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
30 November 2023, 13:30

After more than three years at the club and a promotion in 2020/21, Mark Bonner was sacked by Cambridge United on November 29 amid a disastrous run of form. The U’s currently find themselves 18th in League One.

Bonner and Cambridge had a good start to the 2023/24 campaign and were sitting first in the table at one point. However, the U’s recorded just one league win since September 4, and following a third consecutive loss, Bonner was dismissed.

Now, the club will have to look for a replacement, with the next Cambridge United manager odds serving as a useful hint of who they might target.

Cambridge United Next Manager Betting List

Kevin Betsy, who joined as an assistant manager this summer, is topping the Cambridge United next manager odds. Together with Barry Corr, Betsy has been installed as interim coach until the U’s settle on a successor.

Cambridge United Manager OddsBetVictor Odds
Kevin Betsy2.00
Danny Cowley6.00
Neil Harris7.00
Barry Corr7.00
Steve Cotterill9.00

Kevin Betsy

There haven’t been any reliable rumours regarding who is in the running to become the next Cambridge United manager. The bookmakers, however, believe that the solution might come from within, with Kevin Betsy getting the chance to prove himself in the coming weeks.

This is not the first time Betsy has been in charge of a senior team but his experience at this level remains limited. In 2022, the former Seychelles international coached Crawley Town in League Two but lasted only 16 matches in charge, recording four wins, three draws and nine losses.

Other than that, the 45-year-old worked as an assistant coach at Wigan Athletic in the EFL Championship and as an academy coach at Arsenal and various youth groups of the England national team.

Given his relatively short resume, Betsy will need to prove himself in the coming weeks if he really is to be trusted with the position at Abbey Stadium in the long term.

Danny Cowley

Danny Cowley, on the other hand, doesn’t lack experience at the professional level. With the 45-year-old available for instant hire, it is no surprise to see him this high on the next Cambridge United manager odds.

Cowley’s last job was with Portsmouth in League One but he was sacked at the start of 2023. Prior, he coached Huddersfield Town in the EFL Championship where he got the sack despite avoiding relegation.

His proudest work has to be his spell with Lincoln City between 2016 and 2019. He arrived at Sincil Bank when the Imps were a fifth-tier club and would win two promotions in the following years, also adding an EFL Trophy to the cabinet. He brought Lincoln back to League One for the first time in nearly 20 years.

Cowley was heavily linked with a return to the Imps earlier this season but Lincoln decided to invite Michael Skubala instead. With his experience and proactive attitude, Cowley would be a terrific choice for Cambridge United.

Neil Harris

Neil Harris has been on the job market since his dismissal from League Two club Gillingham in October. The team was sitting just below the play-off spots at the time of his departure and the results since then suggest that the decision may have been premature.

Harris arrived at Gillingham mid-season in 2021/22 but could not save them from relegation to League Two. The 2022/23 season in the fourth tier had its ups and downs, but mostly downs, as the team finished 17th.

Harris's previous work is more successful, though. He took Cardiff City to play-off spots in the EFL Championship in 2019/20 only to be fired the next year. Prior, he had spent more than three years at Millwall, leading the Lions to promotion to the second-tier in 2016/17 and then keeping them afloat in the following season. 

Although Harris could not save Gillingham from relegation, Cambridge could decide to give him a chance to redeem himself given his work history.

Barry Corr

Together with Kevin Betsy, Barry Corr will act as the interim manager at Abbey Stadium in the foreseeable future. His experience is even more limited than that of his colleague but that may not be a problem for Cambridge United for reasons we’ll explain later.

For now, we should say that Corr is someone who knows the U’s very well as he spent four years at the club during his playing days. In 2019, shortly after retirement, the Irishman was appointed as coach at their academy.

Between 2020 and 2021, Corr managed St Neots Town in the non-professional divisions. He returned to Cambridge United a year later to assume an assistant role at the first team.

Corr clearly remains unproven as a coach despite his promising spell with St Neots Town. However, this was not an issue for Cambridge United when they appointed Mark Bonner back in the day. Despite him not having any previous experience in professional football, Bonner led the U’s to promotion in 2020/21.

Steve Cotterill

For Steve Cotterill, experience is not an issue. The veteran manager started his coaching career in the 1990s and has gone through 10 different clubs since then, getting to work in the EFL Championship on more than one occasion.

Perhaps Cotterill’s most memorable achievements came during spell with hometown club Cheltenham Town. He arrived at Whaddon Road when the Robins were a non-league club, and following three promotions, he took Cheltenham Town all the way to the third tier of English football.

Over the course of his career, Cotterill would also win promotions with Notts County and Bristol City. His last experience was with Shrewsbury Town, where he worked between 2020 and 2023. The Shrews were a solid League One side under Cotterill but the 59-year-old resigned from his position over the summer.

Perhaps a proven manager is what Cambridge United need to avoid relegation this term, although Cotterill may not be the ideal candidate for a long-term project.