On December 10, following a fourth consecutive defeat in the EFL Championship, Stoke City announced the sacking of their manager Alex Neil. The Potters find themselves 20th in the standings, just two points above the relegation zone.
Alex Neil took charge of Stoke in August 2022, and his first season in charge was nothing special, as the Potters finished 16th in the EFL Championship. With the team unable to take a step forward, the 42-year-old’s dismissal did not come as a surprise.
For now, there are no concrete links, but the next Stoke City manager odds can offer a good look at who may be on the Potters’ radar.
Stoke City Next Manager Betting List
John Eustace, who was coaching in the EFL Championship not so long ago, is the bookmakers’ favourite in the Stoke City next manager odds. Paul Gallagher, a former assistant at Bet365 Stadium, will act as interim manager until the club settles on a definitive replacement.
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There are at least two good reasons why John Eustace would make a great choice for the next Stoke City manager. First, the 44-year-old is currently on the job market following a successful spell with Birmingham City. Eustace led the Blues to a 17th finish in the second tier last term with a five-year-best point tally. He was dismissed by Birmingham back in October with the club in sixth place simply because the Blues wanted to invite Wayne Rooney, a move which has not gone too well.
And second, Eustace is very familiar with the Potters, having played for them between 2003 and 2008. He made over 80 appearances for Stoke City and even captained the club in his last season at Bet365 Stadium.
Other than his work with Birmingham, Eustace managed Kidderminster Harriers in the fifth tier between 2016 and 2018. He also held assistant positions at QPR and the Republic of Ireland.
Tony Mowbray is similarly on the job market after being sacked by Sunderland at the start of December. The Black Cats were sitting ninth in the EFL Championship, with the decision being preceded by a run of three winless matches.
Curiously, Mowbray replaced Alex Neil at the helm of Sunderland when he arrived at the Stadium of Light at the start of the 2022/23 campaign. He led the club to a promotion play-off finish but lost to Luton Town in the semi-finals.
Mowbray is a very experienced coach, having started his managerial journey in the early 2000s. He has worked at Hibernian and Celtic in Scotland as well as West Bromwich Albion, Middlesbrough, Coventry City and Blackburn Rovers in England. With West Brom, he won promotion to Premier League in 2007/08 which remains his proudest achievement to this day. He also led Blackburn Rovers to promotion to EFL Championship in 2017/18.
Although surprising to see him on the next Stoke City manager odds list, it is not the first time Graham Potter is linked with the Potters. Apparently, he was interested in the job back in 2018 when Stoke were still in the Premier League and Potter was an up-and-coming manager at Ostersund in Sweden.
Frankly, it would be surprising to see Potter arrive at Bet365 considering the high positions he’s held in recent years. If such a move happens, it would be for sentimental reasons, as the Englishman spent three years of his playing career with the Potters, making over 50 appearances.
The 48-year-old is currently a free agent after being fired by Chelsea in April. He lasted only seven months in charge of the Blues, leaving them in 11th place at the time of departure. Potter is still held in high regard for his job at Brighton as he transformed the Seagulls into a solid Premier League team. With Ostersund, he took a small Swedish team from the fourth division all the way to the UEFA Europa League.
Steven Schumacher is the first name on the list to be employed, currently managing Plymouth Argyle in the EFL Championship. The Pilgrims are 18th in the table, and have a decent chance of surviving their first year back in the second tier.
Schumacher started with Plymouth Argyle in 2019, first joining as an assistant to Ryan Lowe. In the debut 2019/20 season, he helped the Pilgrims to a promotion to League One.
In 2021, Schumacher was installed as head manager shortly after the departure of Lowe. Under his command, the Pilgrims had a great stretch of results in the second half of 2021/22 but narrowly missed on play-off spots. However, promotion to EFL Championship was achieved in 2022/23 as Plymouth Argyle became League One champions, returning to the second tier after a 13-year break.
Certainly, the 39-year-olds achievements are nothing short of impressive and make him a promising manager. Nevertheless, Stoke City may be worried by the lack of experience, as his previous work includes assistant jobs at Everton, Southport and Bury.
Michael Beale, on the other hand, is available for instant hire as he was fired by Rangers in October. During his time with the Gers, Beale won 31 of the 43 matches in charge. It wasn't enough to win them a trophy in 2022/23 despite reaching the Scottish League Cup final.
Prior to his spell in Scotland, Beale was coaching QPR in the EFL Championship where he recorded nine wins in 22 matches. This remains his only other experience as a head manager.
After failing to make it at the professional level, Beale entered coaching at a very young age. His early work was at the Chelsea and Liverpool academies, followed by a short assistant stit in Brazil with Sao Paulo. Later on, Beale acted as an assistant to Steven Gerrard at Rangers and Aston Villa.
While not the most experienced name out there, Beale showed positive signs during his early days at QPR and Rangers and may have what it takes to salvage the season at Stoke City.