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Next Hartlepool United Manager Odds

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
3 January 2024, 14:04

Hartlepool United suffered relegation from League Two at the end of the 2022/23 campaign but their problems didn’t end there. John Askey, despite failing to keep the Pools afloat, was trusted by the club to continue as head manager into the new season. 

However, following a run of six winless matches and with the team in 17th place in the National League, Askey was fired by Hartlepool United on December 30.

The Pools’ plans for the future remain unclear but the next Hartlepool United manager odds could serve as a decent starting point in understanding which coaches they might target.

Hartlepool United Next Manager Odds

Paul Hurst is the bookies’ leading candidate when it comes to the Hartlepool United next manager odds. In the meantime, Lennie Lawrence has been installed as caretaker manager until a permanent replacement is found.

Hartlepool United Next ManagerBetvictor Odds
Paul Hurst5.00
Antony Sweeney7.00
Darren Sarll9.00
Matt Gray11.00
Lee Cattermole11.00

Paul Hurst

Paul Hurst is available for instant hire since he was sacked by Grimsby Town back in October. At the time of his departure, the team was sitting 21st in League Two but his second spell with the Mariners still deserves some recognition.

After coaching Grimsby between 2011 and 2016, Hurst returned to Blundell Park in 2020. Although the Englishman could not save Grimsby from relegation, he won immediate promotion in 2021/22 by beating Solihull Moors in the National League play-off final. The team finished 11th in their return to the fourth tier but could not keep up the good performances in the new campaign.

Grimsby aside, Hurst also had spells with the likes of Shrewsbury Town, Ipswich Town and Scunthorpe United. A solid mix of experience and knowledge of the lower leagues make the 49-year-old a strong candidate to become the next Hartlepool United manager.

Antony Sweeney

If the Monkey Hangers want to appoint someone from within, there are barely any better candidates than Antony Sweeney. The former midfielder spent 13 years of his playing career at Victoria Park, being the footballer with the third-most appearances in the club’s history. 

After retirement, Sweeney returned to Hartlepool as an academy coach. He quickly rose through the ranks and was made an assistant coach at the first team in 2019. Since then, the 40-year-old has had several caretaker spells with the Pools. He has no other managerial experience.

Nevertheless, the club chose Lennie Lawrence as the caretaker manager with Sweeney as his assistant, so Antony’s chances in regards to next Hartlepool United manager odds may be a bit overestimated. Perhaps the Monkey Hangers believe that Sweeney is too inexperienced to turn the season around at Victoria Park.

Darren Sarll

Darren Sarrl has been on the job market since November when he was fired by fellow National League side Woking. While the 40-year-old indeed had a poor start to the 2023/24 campaign with the Cardinals, his achievements at the club should not be overlooked.

Sarll took charge of Woking midway towards the end of the 2021/22 term and secured a comfortable finish in the National League. The next year, the Cardinals qualified for promotion play-off spots for the first time in history. However, their hopes of League Two football were short-lived, being defeated in the quarter-finals.

Besides Woking, Sarll also managed Yeovil Town in the National League and Stevenage in League Two. His best work came in his debut season with Stevenage when he saved the team from relegation by recording only one loss in the final nine league matches. The Englishman also has experience as youth coordinator at clubs like Watford, Rotherham United and Brentford.

Matt Gray

Matt Gray is another young but promising manager who recently became a free agent. The 42-year-old was fired by Sutton United in December with the club sitting dangerously close to the relegation zone.

Sutton United remains Gray’s only inscription on the resume but he should be proud of his work at the Gander Green Lane. The 42-year-old joined the U’s as an assistant manager in 2018, having previously held similar positions at Aldershot Town and Crawley Town. In 2019, Gray was installed as the new manager following the sacking of Paul Doswell, with Sutton still in the National League.

Gray led Sutton to promotion to League Two in 2020/21, marking the club's debut at the professional level in England. Moreover, Sutton went on to finish in eighth spot in 2021/22 missing out on play-off spots by just one point. The U’s were a solid mid-table team under Gray but the poor form in 2023/24 prompted his departure.

Lee Cattermole

Lee Cattermole has no relation to Hartlepool United outside the fact that he was born in Stockton-on-Tees, which is 10 miles away from Hartlepool. The former Premier League midfielder is indeed job hunting at the moment and may be inclined to accept the offer if he wants to stay close to home.

At the same time, Cattermole barely has any coaching experience. Hanging the boots in 2020, the ex-midfielder obtained his coaching badges and joined childhood club Middlesbrough as an assistant coach. He would go on to coach their U18 team for 18 months before leaving the position in February 2023. Upon departure, Cattermole revealed that he wanted to take the next step in his career as a coach and move to senior football.

Hartlepool could be a good starting point for Cattermole but it is for the Pools to decide whether they are willing to take the risk and trust someone with no coaching background at the senior level.