Troy Deeney was appointed by Forest Green Rovers at the end of December, replacing David Horseman, in the hope that the former Premier League striker would help lift the club out of the EFL League Two relegation zone. Six matches later – having recorded three draws and three losses – Deeney was dismissed by the club on January 18.
The Green need to go a different path if they intend to survive the 2023/24 campaign, and while there have been little rumours so far, the next Forest Green manager odds could serve as an indication of what is to follow at The New Lawn.
At the moment, the Rovers are bottom of EFL League Two with 18 points, seven points away from safety.
Forest Green Next Manager Betting List
The experienced Steve Cotterill is the bookmakers' favourite when it comes to the Forest Green next manager odds. Goalkeeping coach Dan Connor has been placed in temporary charge of the first team in the meantime.
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The Rovers were relegated from the EFL League One at the end of the 2022/23 campaign and now risk facing a similar fate in the EFL League Two. If they decide to appoint Steve Cotterill as the next Forest Green manager, they can still hope to turn the season around.
Starting his coaching career in the mid-1990s, not many managers can compete with Cotterill in terms of experience. The Englishman rose to prominence when he achieved three promotions with his native Cheltenham Town, taking a semi-professional club all the way to the third tier. Cotterill would go on to work in multiple other clubs, coaching at the level of the EFL Championship at his peak.
Cotterill’s last job was with Shrewsbury Town in the EFL League One, and the Shrews were a solid mid-table club under his command. He departed New Meadow at the end of the 2022/23 season and has been a free agent since then.
Despite being significantly younger, Michael Flynn also possesses vast knowledge of the lower leagues. The 43-year-old made his first managerial steps with Newport County in 2017 and would go on to serve the club for the next four years.
Taking charge of the team mid-season during the 2016/17 term, Flynn led the club to safety in EFL League Two thanks to a win over Notts County in the last match of the campaign. The Exiles improved significantly under the new coach and would reach promotion play-off twice in the following years, although they never went all the way, losing in the final and semi-finals.
The Welshman also managed Walsall and Swindon Town but failed to emulate his previous success. He departed Swindon Town earlier this January, with the club sitting 15th in EFL League Two at the time of his sacking.
Also rather high in the next Forest Green manager odds is Lee Johnson, who has been out of work since he was sacked by Fleetwood Town at the end of 2023. Arriving in September, Johnson was meant to improve things at the Highbury Stadium, but with just six wins in 22 matches, Fleetwood Town were in the EFL League One relegation zone at the time of his departure.
Johnson has undeniably had his good days as a manager too. Only 31 years old when Oldham Athletic appointed him in 2013, the Englishman became the youngest coach working at the professional level back then.
The Latics aside, he has also managed Barnsley, Bristol City, Sunderland at various levels of English football as well as Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership. He has one prize in his cabinet – the EFL Trophy won with Sunderland in 2020/21. Given the ups and downs that inevitably come with Johnson, he may be a risky appointment for the Green.
And continuing the topic of recently-sacked managers, Mark Bonner is now on the job market. Cambridge United let go of the manager in late November as the team was dangerously-close to the relegation zone in the EFL League One.
Bonner is relatively inexperienced, as Cambridge United remains his only stint as a head manager, having previously worked as an assistant and youth coach at the club. In charge of the first team, the 38-year-old helped the U’s achieve a comfortable finish in the 2019/20 campaign.
Bonner then led Cambridge United to promotion at the end of 2020/21, as the team finished in second place in EFL League Two. His other notable achievements include eliminating Newcastle United from the FA Cup third round in 2022.
Although young, Bonner has shown many positive signs so far, but it is for Forest Green to decide whether he is an appropriate hire for a team in crisis.
Matt Gray is similar in many aspects, as he was left without a job in December. His Sutton United was having an underwhelming season in the EFL League Two and the club officials decided to pull the plug.
Gray never played at the professional level, retiring from football at 25 due to injuries. He moved to coaching shortly after, undertaking assistant jobs at Eastleigh, Aldershot Town and Crawley Town before finally moving to Sutton United in 2018.
After a short period as an assistant, the Englishman was placed in charge of the first team in 2019. In his first full season, the 42-year-old guided Sutton United to the 2020/21 National League title, winning promotion to the EFL League Two for the first time in the club's history.
As for his other achievements, Sutton finished just one point below play-off spots in the debut season in the fourth tier and reached the EFL Trophy final but were defeated by Rotherham United.