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Next Morecambe Manager Odds

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
21 November 2023, 13:13

Morecambe are left without a head coach midway through the season as Derek Adams accepted the offer from Ross County and will return to coaching in the Scottish Premiership.

No doubt, Adams is one of the greatest figures in the history of Morecambe. In his first stint, the Shrimps reached League One for the first time in history in 2020/21. He returned to Mazuma Mobile Stadium in 2022 and managed to keep Morecambe afloat, only to suffer relegation back to League Two the next year.

With the club in search of someone who would build on Adams’ success in 2023/24 – the Shrimps are currently two points away from play-off spots with games in hand – the next Morecambe manager odds have been made available. 

Morecambe Next Manager Betting List

Veteran coach John Coleman is the bookies’ favourite when it comes to the Morecambe next manager odds, followed by a list of younger coaches. In the meantime, John McMahon and Ged Brannan have assumed temporary charge at Mazuma Mobile Stadium.

Morecambe Next ManagerBetVictor Odds
John Coleman2.25
David Artell3.00
Gary Bowyer6.00
Leam Richarson17.00
Gareth Ainsworth21.00

John Coleman

John Coleman is currently one of the most experienced managers in League Two as he has been in the coaching business since the late 1990s. However, he is not someone who switched clubs often, and since 2014, Coleman has been in charge of Accrington Stanley. In fact, this is his second spell with the Reds, having previously worked at Crown Ground between 1999 and 2012.

Coleman’s recent successes include taking Accrington Stanley to League One in 2017/18 and keeping them in the third tier for several seasons. However, the Reds were relegated at the end of the 2022/23 campaign and currently sit seventh in League Two, two spots above Morecambe.

Certainly, Coleman has a past at Morecambe too as he spent six years at the Shrimps during his playing days. It remains to be seen whether that is enough to convince the 61-year-old to leave Accrington, but at this moment, there are no reliable reports that would suggest Coleman as the next Morecambe manager.

David Artell

David Artell, on the other hand, does not have the same amount of experience as the previous name on our next Morecambe manager odds list. Nevertheless, he knows the club well, having played at Mazuma Mobile Stadium between 2007 and 2010, and is currently job hunting.

Artell’s only managerial stint has been with Crewe Alexandra. He started with the Alex mid-season in 2017/18 and helped them retain League Two status at the end of the term. In the following five years, the 42-year-old had a wide list of responsibilities at Gresty Road, everything from scouting to actually coaching the first team.

As for tangible achievements, Artell took Crewe Alexandra to League One in 2019/22 and would survive the debut year in the third tier. However, plagued with off-the-field controversies, the Crewmen were relegated at the end of 2021/22, which also marked Artell’s departure from Gresty Road. 

Gary Bowyer

Also available for instant hire is Gary Bowyer, whose last CV inscription was Dundee United in the Scottish Championship. Curiously, the Englishman left Dundee the same month as he achieved promotion to the top flight and was named manager of the season.

Prior to his experience in Scotland, Bowyer worked within the English football pyramid. He started as an academy coach at Blackburn Rovers. After a few short caretaker spells, he was appointed head coach at Ewood Park in 2014. 

Afterwards, Bowyer was responsible for Blackpool's promotion to League One in 2016/17, and also coached Bradford City and Salford City in League Two where he received individual awards.

With his strong man-management qualities and flexible tactics, Bowyer would make an interesting appointment for Morecambe. The Shrimps can realistically target promotion back to League One and the 52-year-old already has that experience.

Leam Richarson

No English team in search of a new manager should ignore Leam Richarson. The 44-year-old has been unemployed ever since leaving Wigan Athletic in November 2022 and it is time that we saw him back in the game.

Richardson started with the Latics as an assistant manager but was trusted with the head coaching role after the positive results as caretaker in 2020/21. That year, he saved Wigan from relegation, and would improve significantly in 2021/22 when the club became League One champions and were promoted to the EFL Championship. Unfortunately, Richarson could not keep up with the competition and he was sacked just a few months later, leaving the Latics in the relegation zone.

Wigan aside, Richardson’s only other managerial role was at Accrington Stanley in 2013/14. Between these two points in his career, the Englishman worked as an assistant coach at Chesterfield and Portsmouth.

Gareth Ainsworth

Gareth Ainsworth is a free agent as well because he was sacked by EFL Championship side QPR in October. His venture with the Hoops was largely a disappointment – winning just five of the 28 matches in charge – but his previous experience make him a solid candidate for Morecambe.

Between 2012 and 2023, Ainsworth coached Wycombe Wanderers between 2012 and 2023, where he would oversee 550 matches. He arrived at Adams Park with the Blues still in League Two. Over the years, Ainsworth built a solid Wycombe side that eventually achieved promotion to League One in 2017/18. In 2019/20, the Blues finished in play-off spots in League One but lost in the promotion final to Sunderland.

Despite the poor run with QPR, Ainsworth is definitely qualified to assume the vacant position at Morecambe. With his ability to work under a budget, the 50-year-old would cope well with the financial restrictions at Mazuma Mobile Stadium.