Although there has been no official announcements yet, the next Plymouth Argyle manager odds have already been made available by bookmakers. This has to do with the Pilgrims' manager Steven Schumacher being heavily linked with the vacancy at Stoke City.
Schumacher led Plymouth Argyle to promotion to the EFL Championship last term after winning League One. The Pilgrims are currently 18th in the standings and will need the next Plymouth Argyle manager to help them survive the debut season in the second tier. The situation is not catastrophic, as they currently sit six points above the relegation zone, but the season is long and anything can happen.
Plymouth Argyle Next Manager Betting List
Veteran Steve Cotterill is the favourite when it comes to the Plymouth Argyle next manager odds, although the distance between him and the other names on the list is minimal. At the moment of writing, there have been no concrete rumours regarding a potential replacement for Schumacher.
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If Steven Schumacher ends up leaving Home Park, Plymouth Argyle will lose a young and promising manager. However, Steve Cotterill has his advantages too, mainly his experience and adaptability.
Cotterill is currently a free agent after leaving Shrewsbury Town at the end of the 2022/23 season. Although his spell with the Shrews was nothing impressive, as they were a mid-table club at best, the 59-year-old tops the next Plymouth Argyle manager odds.
His earlier career is worthy of a Hollywood movie, though. In 1997, Cotterill took charge of hometown club Cheltenham Town, a semi-professional side at that time. Five years and three promotions later, the Robins were playing in the third tier of English football. Cotterill would go on to work with multiple clubs, including in the EFL Championship, notably winning promotions to the upper divisions with Notts County and Bristol City.
Nathan Jones was hired by Southampton at the end of 2022/23 with the task of avoiding relegation but lasted only 14 matches in charge, recording five wins and nine losses. At the time of his departure, the Saints were bottom of the Premier League.
Nevertheless, Jones could offer a lot to Plymouth Argyle thanks to his analytical approach to the game and experience in the lower leagues. After the unfruitful work at Southampton, the Welshman could be open to a lesser challenge in the EFL Championship
Jones’ best work came with Luton Town during his two spells. Between 2016 and 2019, he helped the Hatters advance to the third tier after finishing as runners-up in League Two. In his second spell, between 2020 and 2022, he led Luton to play-off spots already in the EFL Championship while playing an attractive brand of football. He also managed Stoke City inbetween, but that was significantly less successful.
Gary Rowett left Millwall by mutual concept back in October despite the Lions having a decent start to the 2023/24 EFL Championship campaign. During his three seasons at The Den, Millwall constantly finished mid-table, falling short of play-off spots despite the good runs his team had over the years.
Millwall aside, Rowett has also coached Burton Albion, Birmingham City, Derby County and Stoke City. His first job was with Burton in League Two, and he took them to two consecutive play-off spot finishes. The 49-year-old has been working in the EFL Championship since 2014.
Rowett could be a solid option for the Pilgrims if their goal is to become a mainstay in the second tier in the years to come. He is capable of adapting to the needs of the squad which would allow him to work within Plymouth’s budget.
John Eustace’s departure from Birmingham City will probably go down as the most unfair sacking in the 2023/24 EFL Championship. The Blues were sitting sixth at the standings when the announcement was made. The club cited disagreements over playing style, and immediately hired Wayne Rooney, who has since won just two of the 11 matches in charge.
Birmingham City was the first managerial work for Eustace at the professional level. Prior, he held assistant and caretaker roles at the Republic of Ireland and Queens Park Rangers. The Englishman also coached Kidderminster Harriers in the non-professional fifth tier between 2016 and 2018.
Eustace's achievements might be enough to convince Argyle. In 2022/23, Birmingham finished 17th in the EFL Championship with their best point tally in the last five years. The Blues were clearly on the right track but the club saw the situation differently.
Tony Mowbray was fired by Sunderland at the start of December when the Black Cats were 9th in the EFL Championship. The team had an on-and-off start of the campaign, and the club decided to cut ties with the 60-year-old despite him leading Sunderland to a play-off finish last term.
Plymouth Argyle cannot ignore Mowbray given his past achievements. His most memorable spell came with West Bromwich Albion between 2006 and 2009. The Englishman led the Baggies to Premier League promotion after winning the 2007/08 EFL Championship. Unfortunately, WBA did not survive the following season in the top division.
Starting his coaching career in 2004, Mowbray has also gone through Hibernian and Celtic in the Scottish Premiership as well as Middlesbrough, Coventry City and Blackburn Rovers in the EFL Championship. A known figure in British football, he would be a very valuable addition for the Pilgrims.