Notts County find themselves in a dire situation as manager Luke Williams has departed Meadow Lane in order to coach Swansea City in the EFL Championship. Williams led the Magpies to promotion to League Two last season and had a solid 2023/24 term as well, leaving the team sixth in the fourth tier.
Now, the Nottingham-based club needs to find someone capable of building on the previous successes so that the strong start to the campaign does not go to waste. While there have been little rumours in this regard, the next Notts County manager odds could serve as a hint at what’s to come.
Notts County Next Manager Betting List
The bookmakers’ favourites when it comes to the Notts County next manager odds is Stuart Maynard who is currently coaching outside the English Football League. In the meantime, the coaching responsibilities at Meadow Lane will be distributed between Jim O'Brien, Tom Weal and Joao Alves
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Despite being rated so high in the race to become the next Notts County manager, Stuard Maynard is currently employed by Wealdstone in the National League. Although there have been no links yet, the 43-year-old could be open to the prospect of coaching in League Two.
Maynard arrived at Wealdstone in 2019, at first as an assistant to Dean Brennan. In their first year, the duo led the Stones to promotion to the National League as champions in the sixth tier. In 2021, Brennan departed Wealdstone and Maynard inherited the managerial position.
In subsequent years, Maynard would make the Stones a solid mid-table club in the National League. The team finished 13th at the end of 2022/23, their best result in almost 40 years, and the Englishman was rightfully handed a contract extension until 2026.
Maynard has certainly shown positive signs so far but the Magpies may have reservations related to his inexperience. Wealdstone remains the 43-year-old’s only managerial job to date, previously working as an assistant at clubs like Hemel Hempstead Town, BIllericay Town and Kingstonian.
Ruaidhri Higgins is not available for instant hire either, managing Derry City in the League of Ireland Premier Division. However, the 2024 campaign in Ireland is scheduled to start only in February, meaning that Higgins would not be leaving his team mid-season.
While also sitting high on the next Notts County manager odds list, the 39-year-old is a rather inexperienced manager. He started as an assistant coach at Dundalk in 2017 before reuniting with former manager Stephen Kenny at the Republic of Ireland national team. In 2021, Higgins returned to Derry City – the club where he made his debut and spent seven years as a player – to work as a head coach.
The Irishman has won two cups with the Candy Stripes and has finished twice as runner-up in the league. Notts County approached Higgins in 2022 but were quickly turned down. Things may go differently now that they have achieved promotion to the Football League, though.
Andrew Crofts could be a risky appointment for the oldest football club in the world. The 39-year-old may know the lower leagues thanks to his playing career but he has very limited experience when it comes to coaching.
Crofts took charge of Brighton U23 in 2021, first as a player-coach. He shortly after retired from football in order to focus solely on the managerial aspect. In 2022, Croft was placed in charge of the first team at Brighton after Graham Potter's move to Chelsea. During his four matches in charge at Falmer Stadium, Croft led the Seagulls to one win, one draw and two losses. With the appointment of Roberto De Zerbi, the Englishman was made part of his coaching staff where he continues to this day.
At the moment it is difficult to say why Crofts would accept a move to Meadow Lane or why Notts County would approach him in the first place.
In comparison to Crofts, Brian Barry-Murphy at least has more experience as a manager. However, we have to keep in mind that the 45-year-old is currently employed by Manchester City, serving as the head coach of their U23 team.
Barry-Murphy started coaching when he was still at Rochdale, combining the assistant and player roles. In 2019, he was put in charge of the first team after the sacking of Keith Hill and managed to keep the Dale afloat in League One, finishing 16th. Rochdale was eventually relegated to League Two at the end of 2020/21, and the Irishman announced his departure from the club.
Barry-Murphy has been coaching Manchester City U23 since 2021 and has led the young Citizens to two Premier League 2 titles. The Irishman has coached the likes of Cole Palmer, Rico Lewis and many other young talents who have already been given their senior debuts by Pep Guardiola.
Scott Lindsey could be an interesting appointment for the Magpies but he is similarly unavailable for instant hire because he is working with fellow League Two side Crawley Town.
The 51-year-old was appointed by the Red Devils in January last year when the team was in danger of relegation. Lindsey successfully turned things around at Broadfield Stadium and ensured a 22nd-place finish, thus avoiding the drop-down to National League. The Reds have been doing even better in the 2023/24 campaign, sitting ninth at the moment of writing.
Other than Crawley Town, Lindsey has also managed with Swindon Town in League Two and Chatham Town in the seventh tier. His prior experience includes various assistant and academy jobs.
Notts County may have a difficult time convincing Lindsey to leave Crawley Town given how the Red Devils have improved under his command.