Next Plymouth Argyle Manager: Odds and Considerations

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
17 April 2024, 12:22

Ian Foster, an interim manager hired by the club after the departure of Steven Schumacher, did not last long, with the board deciding to part ways with the coach after three months of work. A mixed set of recent results has seen Plymouth Argyle collect wins versus top-tier Championship sides, including the win over Leicester in the last round, while suffering adverse results at the hands of outsiders, which left the team in limbo. With the board's decision that the team did not progress in the recent months, the new manager's main task will be to avoid the relegation zone at any costs, with only 4 points difference from the 22nd place.

Plymouth Argyle Next Manager Betting List

Bookmakers have already opened the market on a replacement for Ian Foster with several key candidates remaining in the list since the departure of Schumaher. At the moment, judging by the odds given by Bet365, there are several main contenders:

Plymouth Argyle Next ManagerBet365 Odds
Scott Parker2.00
Gus Poyet4.00
John Eustace11.00
Michael Duff11.50
Neil Warnock17.00

Scott Parker

Scott Parker is favorite to replace Ian Foster at Home Park. The 43-year-old has been suspended from management since being sacked by Brugge in March 2023, having made just 12 appearances for the Belgian club. Parker was seen responsible for a decline in championship and the club's elimination from European competition, losing 7-1 on aggregate to Benfica.However, his career includes two big promotions, leading Fulham to the Premier League through the play-offs in 2019/20 and then Bournemouth in 2021/22. Despite a year away from football, this can become a great opportunity for the 43-year-old Englishman to revive his managerial career.

Gus Poyet

Gus Poyet has an impressive portfolio that includes national teams and Premier League clubs. He was in charge of the Greek national team until the end of March and despite his expressed desire to extend the contract, it seems that the Greek football federation decided to move on after Poyet’s failure to qualify for Euro 2024. Currently, Gus expressed his desire to work with Ireland national team but still, nothing is yet official. Returning to club football is also an option for the Uruguayan and if he will manage to make a viable agreement with Plymouth board, he is ready to take up the challenge.

John Eustace

Eustace was sacked by Birmingham City earlier this season despite leading the club to the play-offs. His replacement, Wayne Rooney, was subsequently sacked as the Blues edged closer to the relegation zone. Eustace has done well in his role, even given his recent setbacks. In this case, Plymouth could offer the 42-year-old a similar job of rescuing the team from the potential falling to relegation zone. However, he is not the first choice for the club's board as his reputation is still in question, even after his relative success at Birmingham.

Michael Duff

Duff was sacked by Swansea in December following the Welsh club's poor results in the second division. He performed well at Barnsley in League One last season, which was enough to attract the attention of Swansea. However, his playing style did not suit the club and this could also be a problem for the Pilgrims, who played attacking football under Schumacher. Duff exemplifies the defensive style and in the current climate it is difficult to imagine this team playing football in the Mourinho-esque style.

Neil Warnock

Neil Warnock could be an option as the team needs a caretaker and Warnock led Plymouth Argyle from the fourth division in the end of the last century, a memory that is still cherishable by many old fans of the club. He has also helped clubs such as Huddersfield Town, Middlesbrough, Rotherham United and Cardiff City stay in the Championship after they fell into trouble, making the temporary saving role as the hallmark of his career. Given that he has expressed a desire to keep an eye on Plymouth in the near future, it is still unclear whether the club needs another temporary solution or is better off focusing on more fundamental ones.