Shrewsbury Town’s 2-1 defeat at Peterborough United marked the team’s seventh loss in the recent eight matches. With the Shrews 19th in EFL League One, seven points above the relegation zone, the club made the decision to sack head manager Matt Taylor.
Taylor arrived at the Croud Meadow last summer, replacing veteran Steve Cotterill, and has failed to build on the successes of the previous coach. Wary of relegation, the Shrews need the right appointment to ensure safe sailing in the remainder of the 2023/24 campaign, with the next Shrewsbury Town manager odds suggesting who may be on the club’s wishlist.
Shrewsbury Town Next Manager Betting List
Paul Hurst, who already has a history at the Croud Meadow, is the bookmakers’ favourite when it comes to the Shrewsbury Town next manager odds. Despite his solid lead over the other candidates, it is important to note that there have been no reliable rumours in this regard just yet.
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As mentioned above, the top candidate to become the next Shrewsbury Town manager already worked with the Salopians, as he had a stint at the Croud Meadow between 2016 and 2018. The 49-year-old is currently unemployed, though, being sacked by EFL League Two club Grimsby Town.
During his time with Shrewsbury Town, Hurst oversaw 97 matches, 47 of which ended in wins. Assuming charge of the team mid-season in 2016/17, he took a relegation zone team and led it to a 18th-place finish in the EFL League One. The following season was Shrewsbury Town's best in recent season, as they finished third in the league and also reached the EFL Trophy final. Unfortunately, the Shrews could not win promotion to the EFL Championship via the play-offs. Hurst departed the club at the end of the 2017/18 season, moving to Ipswich Town.
Hurst was linked with a Shrewsbury Town return more than once in the past, and the manager claimed he would be open to it one day.
Another option available for instant hire is Michael Duff, who was relieved of his duties at Swansea City back in December. The former Northern Ireland international has no links to the Croud Lane but that does not make him a lesser candidate in the next Shrewsbury Town manager odds.
Duff began his coaching career in 2016 shortly after retirement, starting as an academy coach at Barnsley. Two years later, the Irishman made the transition to senior football with his appointment at Cheltenham Town in League Two. He achieved promotion to the higher division after winning the 2020/21 EFL League Two with Cheltenham.
However, it was his subsequent success with Barnsley that earned him the invitation from Swansea City. Thus, Duff led Barnsley to the EFL League One promotion play-offs in 2022/23 but was defeated in the final by Sheffield Wednesday.
Whereas the 46-year-old’s recent experience with Swansea was underwhelming, Duff’s previous work has shown that he is a reliable coach capable of improving his players.
Mathew Sadler, on the other hand, knows his way around the Croud Meadow as he played for the Shrews between 2015 and 2019 (and also had a loan spell at the club in 2010/11). The former Shrewsbury Town captain made his managerial debut only last season with Walsall, and unlike the other names listed so far, he is currently employed.
After retiring from football at Walsall, Sadler joined the club’s academy as a coach and combined it with an assistant role at the first team. Towards the end of the 2022/23 campaign, the 38-year-old was trusted with the caretaker and then permanent managerial role at Bescot Stadium after the sacking of Michael Flynn.
Walsall finished the previous campaign in 16th spot in EFL League Two and are now 15th, looking to improve on the results from last season. Sadler has shown some positive signs so far but Shrewsbury Town should not rush with a decision in his regard, as he may not have the experience necessary to turn a difficult situation around.
Gareth Ainsworth is a very experienced manager when it comes to the lower English leagues, as he coached Wycombe Wanderers for over 10 years. In 2023, the former midfielder made the move to EFL Championship club Queen’s Park Rangers, but – like it was the case with Michael Duff – that adventure was a rather disappointing one. Fired by QPR in October, Ainsworth is still job hunting.
As for his work with Wycombe Wanderers, he was appointed by the Chairboys in 2012, still in the EFL League Two. He led Wycombe into 550 matches over the years, winning on 219 occasions. Ainsworth got the Chairboys promoted twice, first in 2017/18 and then in 2019/20, reaching the EFL Championship for the first time in the club’s history.
QPR and Wycombe Wanderers are two clubs that Ainsworth played for, but there are no such ties with Shrewsbury Town. However, the Croud Lane could be a good place for him to start afresh after the failed experience in the second tier.
Appointing a manager with Premier League experience may sound too good to be true, but Nigel Pearson could do it for the love of the club. For those unaware, the 60-year-old started his playing career with Shrewsbury Town in the early 1980s and would spend six years at the club before moving to Sheffield Wednesday.
Pearson has a long and illustrious managerial career, but his top achievements have definitely been with Leicester City, as he took them from the EFL League One all the way to the Premier League. He has also coached clubs like Watford, Hull City, Southampton and others.
Pearson is available for instant hire as he was fired by Bristol City in October. The Robins were a mid-table club at best under Pearson but at least they were never really in danger of relegation. Given that his most recent experience wasn’t the most positive, perhaps the 60-year-old would be open to a return to the Croud Meadow.