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Next Swansea City Manager Odds

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
5 December 2023, 14:59

Michael Duff was hired by Swansea City ahead of the 2023/24 season with the goal of improving on the team’s 10th-place finish from last term.

However, 19 matches into the new EFL Championship campaign, and Swansea sit 18th in the standings, only three spots separating them and the relegation zone. With the team winless in the last five league matches, the Swans announced Duff’s sacking on December 4.

For now, there are few reports regarding a replacement, although the next Swansea City manager odds have already been made available. In the meantime, Alan Sheehan will take charge of the team on an interim basis.

Swansea City Next Manager Betting List

Nathan Jones is the leading favourite when it comes to the Swansea City next manager odds, although Chris Davies comes in clear second. In the official announcement, the club stated that the process of appointing a new head coach was “already under way” but no contenders have been named since.

Swansea City Next ManagerBetVictor ODDS
Nathan Jones2.38
Chris Davies2.50
John Eustace4.00
Luke Williams7.00
Steve Cotterill13.00

Nathan Jones

Nathan Jones has been on a hunt for a new job ever since being dismissed by Southampton in January 2023. His spell with the Saints remains his first and only adventure in the Premier League. It ended with a record of five wins and nine losses, Southampton sitting dead last in the table at the time of his departure.

Previously, Jones had worked as a head coach at Luton Town (twice) and Stoke City. He rose to prominence in his first stint with the Hatters as he led a relegation-threatened team to a mid-table finish in 2015/16. Two seasons later, Luton were promoted to League One as runners-ups. And in his second spell at Kenilworth Road – already in the EFL Championship – he made Luton a team with a recognisable style that reached the play-offs in 2021/22.

With a solid mix of experience and knowledge of the second division, Jones makes a strong candidate to become the next Swansea City manager. Although play-offs may be unattainable in 2023/24, he can certainly build a solid long-term project in native Wales.

Chris Davies

Chris Davies’ appearance among the next Swansea City manager odds may come as a surprise to many as he has no experience as a head coach yet. Moreover, he is currently employed at Tottenham Hotspur, serving as an assistant to Ange Postecoglou.

What could speak in the 38-year-old’s favour is his history with the Swans. The Englishman – only 25 at that time – was hired as an assistant manager to Brendan Rodgers at Swansea in 2010 and would stay at the club for two seasons. He played an important role in the Premier League promotion, mainly responsible for tactical analysis in Rodgers’ team.

Davies would go on to work under Rodgers at Liverpool, Celtic and Leicester City before moving to Spurs this summer. The 38-year-old has been described as an apt tactician with a preference for possession-based football, being promoted from an analyst to a second-in-charge role over the course of his career.

John Eustace

John Eustace was linked with the vacancy at Swansea City back in 2021 but the move never materialised. The Swans now have the opportunity to correct that wrong as Eustace has been a free agent since his departure from Birmingham City in October.

Eustace began his tenure at Birmingham City in 2022/23. Despite the Blues being touted relegation favourites by bookmakers, he mastered a 17th-place finish as Birmingham achieved their highest points tally in over five years. At the time of his departure in October, the Blues were sixth in the EFL Championship, so clearly results were not the reason behind his dismissal.

Previously, the 44-year-old worked as an assistant coach at Queens Park Rangers (where he also had a brief interim spell) and the Republic of Ireland. Between 2016 and 2018, Eustace managed Kidderminster Harriers in the fifth tier, leading them to play-off spots twice.

Luke Williams

Although it was brief, Luke Williams had a spell with Swansea City in 2021/22 when he was an assistant to Russel Martin. He left the club midway through the season following the sacking of the head coach.

Williams trains Notts County in League Two at the moment. He joined the Magpies ahead of the 2022/23 campaign when they were still a fifth-tier club but led them to immediate promotion via play-offs. Notts County sit sixth in League Two, one point away from automatic promotion spots, meaning that Williams’ job security is not an issue.

Nevertheless, the 42-year-old may agree to a Swansea City switch if they come calling. It is important to note that his only other experience as a head coach was with Swindon Town between 2015 and 2017. He was sacked by Swindon after suffering relegation to League Two in his second season in charge.

Steve Cotterill

The Swansea City officials hinted before the 2023/24 season that the short-term goal was to reach Premier League promotion. Although it will be nearly impossible this year, a good candidate for a promotion charge next season could be Steve Cotterill.

The 59-year-old has been promoted with three different clubs over the span of his career – Cheltenham Town, Notts County and Bristol City. In fact, with his native Cheltenham, he won three promotions inside five seasons, taking the Robins from a non-league team all the way to the third tier. 

Cotterill also has vast experience coaching in the EFL Championship, having worked with the likes of Birmingham City, Burnley, Nottingham Forest and others. However, his last job was with Shrewsbury Town in League One between 2020 and 2023. He made the Shrews a solid mid-table team but never managed to push for play-off spots. Considering his recent performances, Swansea may decide against Cotterill.