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Next Colchester United Manager Odds

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
2 January 2024, 13:52

After barely surviving the season in League Two last term, Colchester United are experiencing similar problems in 2023/24, struggling in terms of results and consistency. 

Matthew Etherington – who was installed as manager in mid-October to improve the situation at the U’s – was fired on January 1 after just 16 games in charge. During this short spell, Etherington registered five wins, one draw and 10 losses. He leaves the Essex team in 22nd place in League Two, five points above the relegation zone.

The club needs to make a better appointment this time, and while there have been no rumours around a potential replacement, the next Colchester United manager odds could serve as a good starting point.

Colchester United Next Manager Betting List

Wade Elliott is the leading candidate in the Colchester United next manager odds, having been on the job market since September. However, the distance between him and the other managers is negligible, with the media still quiet about what is next for the U’s.

Colchester United Next ManagerBetVictor Odds
Wade Elliott5.00
Paul Konchesky7.00
Ross Embleton7.00
Danny Cowley9.00
Mark Bonner9.00

Wade Elliott

Wade Elliott has been on the job market for a couple of months now, with Cheltenham Town firing him at the start of the 2023/24 campaign following a run of 10 winless matches. It was the first managerial role for the 45-year-old, having previously worked as an assistant at the Robins between 2020 and 2022.

In 2022/23, Elliott’s only full season in charge of Cheltenham Town, the Robins finished 16th in League One and reached the EFL Trophy semi-finals, which was an respectable result. Unfortunately, the Englishman could not solve the drop in performances at the start of 2023/24.

Prior, Elliot worked as an assistant and caretaker manager at Stoke City U21, Forest Green and Bristol City U21. The 45-year-old showed promising signs during his time at Cheltenham but the U’s may have reservations about appointing him as the next Colchester United manager considering his limited achievements.

Paul Konchesky

Paul Konchesky would make for another unexpected hiring at Colchester due to his lack of managerial experience at the professional level. Konchesky was the head coach of West Ham Women in the 2022/23 season and led the Hammers to a finish in eight place (out of 12). He left the club at the end of the season having won only one match after the turn of the year.

Prior, Konchesky assisted Olli Harder at West Ham United Women in 2021/22 and Jamier O'Hara at Billericay Town in the seventh tier. Between 2017 and 2021, the former England left-back was an academy coach at West Ham, a team where he spent two years of his playing career.

Konchensky has one link to the U’s – his nephew, Frankie Terry, is a centre-back at Colchester United, having made his debut earlier this season. Only this could explain why he sits so high on the next Colchester United manager odds list.

Ross Embleton

If Ross Embleton becomes the next coach at Colchester, it would be another example of an appointment from within, as the Englishman has been working as the Head of Recruitment at the Essex side since 2022. He had a two-game caretaker stint with the U’s in 2022/23, losing both games.

Before moving to Colchester United, Embleton spent five years in different roles at Leyton Orient. Starting as an assistant coach, Embleton had several interim spells before finally being named head manager in 2019. He led Leyton to a finish in 17th place in League Two in 2019/20 but was fired the next season when the team was 14th in the table.

Besides, Embleton also worked as an assistant coach at Swindon Town, academy coach at Tottenham United and scout at Norwich City in his early days. Just 42 years old, Embleton never played at the professional level.

Danny Cowley

Danny Cowley is the most experienced manager to make this list, even coaching in the EFL Championship at some point. The 45-year-old is available for instant hire as he was fired by Portsmouth at the start of 2023.

Cowley took charge of Portsmouth mid-way through 2020/21 and helped the team finish eighth in League One, just two points below play-off spots. The next season, Portsmouth were 10th, and without an improvement in results in 2022/23, the Englishman was dismissed.

His previous work was with Huddersfield Town in the second tier, but his proudest achievement must be his time with Lincoln City. Cowley spent three seasons with the Imps and took them from the National League all the way to League One, also winning the 2017/18 EFL Trophy in the process.

Frankly, it is a surprise that Cowley still remains without a job, and it could be because he is waiting for something better than a return to League Two.

Mark Bonner

Mark Bonner’s managerial resume is not the longest, having only worked at Cambridge United in this role. The 38-year-old said goodbye to Abbey Road in November, when the team was sitting 18th in League One on the back of three consecutive defeats.

Bonner’s coaching career is heavily linked with Cambridge United, starting as a youth coach at their academy. In 2018, after more than five years at the club, the Englishman was given an assistant role at the first team.

Upon the sacking of Colin Claderwood, Bonner was named interim manager in January 2020, being given the permanent position two months later. As head coach, Bonner significantly improved Cambridge United's performances and even won promotion to League One in 2020/21 as runners-up in the fourth-tier. 

Despite his age, Bonner has proven himself in England’s lower divisions both as a short-term and long-term option. He could make a top appointment for Colchester United if given enough time.