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Next Sutton United Manager Odds

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
20 December 2023, 14:21

The inevitable sacking of Matt Gray from Sutton United happened on December 19, following a fifth consecutive match without a win. The Yellows find themselves dead last in League Two, six points below the safety spots.

Matt Gray was responsible for Sutton United's first ever promotion to League Two after winning the National League in 2020/21. The Englishman did a good job to keep the Yellows in the fourth tier for the two following seasons but something went wrong this term.

Now, the club needs to hire a manager to salvage the season at Gander Green Lane if they want to avoid relegation. The next Sutton United manager odds can offer a look at the available options.

Sutton United Next Manager Betting List

The leading favourite in the Sutton United next manager odds is Mark Bonner, who only recently became a free agent, although the other candidates are not far behind. In the meantime, Jason Goodliffe will act as caretaker at Gander Green Lane.

Sutton United Next ManagerBetVictor’s Odds
Mark Bonner6.00
Steve Cotterill7.00
Jason Goodliffe9.00
Steve Morison11.00
Luke Garrard11.00

Mark Bonner

Only recently fired by Cambridge United in League One, Mark Bonner could be in the running to become the next Sutton United manager. Having started his managerial career in 2020, Bonner is not the most experienced manager out there, but he has definitely shown a lot of promising signs in recent seasons.

Bonner coached Cambridge United between 2020 and 2023, initially starting at the club’s academy and later on promoted to assistant at the first team. The 38-year-old took charge of Cambridge United in League Two but won promotion to the third tier at the end of 2020/21. The Englishman survived the following seasons in League One but the start of the 2023/24 campaign was less successful, and he was fired with Cambridge in 18th place.

He can be considered one of the best young managers in English football, but the lack of previous experience may make Mark Bonner unfit for the difficult task of turning things around at Sutton United.

Steve Cotterill

Steve Cotterill, on the other hand, has plenty of experience. The veteran began his managerial path all the way back in 1995, and has been working at various levels of the English football pyramid since 1997. The 59-year-old is currently a free agent after leaving Shrewsbury Town over the summer.

Cotterill has a long list of achievements, but perhaps his proudest work came with hometown club Cheltenham Town during his early days. The Englishman achieved three promotions with the Robins, taking a semi-professional club all the way to the third tier within five years. Besides, he also won promotions to the upper leagues with Notts County and Bristol City, and worked in the EFL Championship more than once.

The only issue here could be Cotterill’s preferences. Given his resume, the 59-year-old may decide to wait for other job opportunities, thus rejecting a potential approach from the last-placed team in League Two.

Jason Goodliffe

Jason Goodliffe worked as an assistant under Matt Gray and has been trusted with the caretaker role for now. His appearance on the next Sutton United manager odds list could indicate that the club is open to offering him the full-time position eventually.

Goodliffe is a well-known figure at Gander Green Lane, as he played the final 18 months of his career with the Yellows. Moreover, the 49-year-old has been holding an assistant position at Sutton since 2019, so he also played a role in their promotion.

Previously, Goodliffe worked as an assistant at Woking, Boreham Wood and Stevenage. He had a five-match caretaker spell with Woking in 2017/18, recording one win, one draw and three losses.

Goodliffe may not be Sutton United’s first choice for the next manager but should at least be considered if the team improves in the coming weeks. After all, Matt Gray also started as an assistant at the Yellows, so it won’t be something extraordinary.

Steve Morison

Steve Morison is the first name on the list that is currently employed. The former Wales international is currently coaching Hornchurch in the Isthmian League Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football.

Morison began coaching shortly after retirement, starting with academy positions at Millwall and Northampton. In 2020, he moved to Cardiff City, being made responsible for their U23 squad.

Hornchurch aside, Morison’s only other managerial experience at the senior level was with Cardiff City in the EFL Championship. He spent 45 matches in charge of the Bluebirds, recording 16 wins. His sacking came in September 2022, when Cardiff were 18th in the EFL Championship.

Morison is currently doing very well with Hornchurch, as his team is placed first in the Isthmian Premier Division following 14 wins, three draws and one loss. The jump from the seventh tier straight to the fourth may be a big one, but Morison already has experience of the upper leagues, both as a manager and as a player.

Luke Garrard

Luke Garrard is not a free agent either, as he has been coaching Boreham Wood since 2015. At the time of his appointment, Garrard was the youngest manager working in the top five English leagues, having only turned 30.

Garrad’s work at Boreham Wood has been respectable, as he won 152 of the 418 matches in charge. In 2017/18, he led the Wood to the National League play-offs final but missed out on promotion to League Two following the defeat to Tranmere Rovers at the Wembley. They also finished in play-off spots in 2019/20 and 2022/23 but never reached the final again.

Garrard is more experienced than some of the other names listed but he never coached in the professional divisions. Nevertheless, he has defeated teams from the upper leagues like Bornemouth, Coventry City and others in the FA cup.