A surprise for many, Millwall announced the departure of their coach Gary Rowett on October 18 with the team sitting 15th in the league. As confirmed in the official statement, the parties cut ties by mutual consent, with Rowett later adding that it was “the right time” to say goodbye to The Den.
The English gaffer took charge of Millwall back in 2019 and was the longest-serving manager in the EFL Championship at the time of his departure. Under his command, the Lions always finished in the top half of the table but never reached play-off spots.
As per reports, the club is in no rush to appoint a successor, while the next Millwall manager odds have already become available.
Millwall Next Manager Betting List
As far as the Millwall next manager odds go, Kevin Muscat is viewed as the top contender for the job by the bookmakers. In the meantime, Adam Barrett will lead the team on an interim basis.
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Kevin Muscat is currently employed by Yokohama F. Marinos in the J1 League, but despite the season in Japan entering the crucial stages, the Australian coach is reportedly looking for a new job.
The 50-year-old spent two seasons as a player at Millwall (2003-05), so The Den would not be a new place for him. Perhaps this explains why he ranks so high on the next Millwall coach odds list, since there have been no concrete rumours at the moment.
Muscat first started as an assistant to Ange Postecoglou at Melbourne Victory and then would continue as their head manager for six years. Before moving to Japan, Muscat also had a short, largely-unsuccessful spell at Sint-Truiden in Belgium.
The Australian’s top achievements are the two league titles with Melbourne Victory, the league title with Yokohama F. Marinos as well as being named coach of the year in Australia in 2014/15. Like his teacher Postecoglou, Muscat prefers high-intensity, attack-minded football focused on possession.
Unlike the previous name on our list, Michael Beale is available for instant hire as he was sacked by Rangers at the start of October.
The 43-year-old arrived at Ibrox Stadium in November 2022, and his time in charge was not necessarily catastrophic. The Gers finished the 2022/23 in second place, although they couldn’t win a single trophy. So, after a sluggish start to the 2023/24 term, Beale was dismissed of his duties.
Besides Rangers, Beale’s only experience as a head coach was with QPR in the EFL Championship in 2022. The Englishman had also worked as a youth coach at Chelsea and Liverpool, as well as an assistant coach at Sao Paulo, Rangers and Aston Villa.
Beale’s football is daring and attack-oriented. However, he still lacks experience in a long-term project, which may impede him from becoming the next Millwall manager.
Another recently-sacked coach is John Eustace, whose spell at Birmingham City was abruptly ended just weeks ago despite the team sitting sixth in the EFL Championship. Eustace’s conservative approach was cited as reason for his departure, and that was despite him leading Birmingham City to their highest finish in the last five years in 2022/23.
As long as Millwall do not mind Eustace adapting to the rival’s playing style and parking the bus from time to time, he can be a successful appointment for the Lions. Interestingly, the 43-year-old was a big proponent of attacking football in his early days and only at Birmingham did he become more flexible in terms of style.
However, Eustace lacks experience too. Aside from his past job, his CV to date include assistant roles at Republic of Ireland and QPR, a brief stint as caretaker at QPR, and the head coach role at Kidderminster Harriers in fifth tier.
Another coach with a past at Millwall is Mark Kennedy, as the former Republic of Ireland international started his career at The Den all the way back in 1992, spending three seasons at the club.
Similarly, Kennedy is currently a free agent as he left Lincoln City earlier on October 18. During his time with the Imps, the Irishman achieved a 11th-place finish in 2022/23. However, the poor start to the 2023/24 campaign in League One – Lincoln are 16th in the league – means that not many will miss him at LNER Stadium.
Kennedy’s prior experience as a head coach was with Macclesfield Town in 2020. He would spend just 12 games in charge as the season was abandoned due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He resigned just six months later after his team was relegated to the National League due to administrative issues. Other than that, the 47-year-old worked as an academy coach at Ipswich Town and assistant at Birmingham City.
If experience is the name of the game, then there are only a few coaches that can rival Steve Cotterill. The Englishman debuted as a coach in 1995, and since 1997, he has been working at various levels of the English football pyramid. Cotterill has gone through such clubs as Burnley, Stoke City, Nottingham Forest, and the highest level he coached at was the EFL Championship.
The work Cotterill can be most proud of is taking Cheltenham Town – a semi-professional team playing in the sixth tier at the time of his arrival – all the way to the third tier of the English Football League. The veteran coach also achieved promotion with the likes of Notts County, Bristol City and was named Manager of the year on more than one occasion.
Cotterill is currently in search of a new job after leaving Shrewsbury Town this summer. With his vast knowledge of the lower divisions and tactical adaptability, the 59-year-old has a lot to offer to Millwall.