Tranmere tonight sacked manager Mike Jackson and in the process opened back up the next manager betting markets.
The rumour mill is back in motion just three months after Rovers last ended their search for a new boss. Today, after Jackson’s departure, it’s two recently unemployed managers leading the early betting markets.
Paul Cook looks to be the fan’s choice as the former Tranmere midfielder looks for a new job having left Wigan Athletic in the summer. He’s second favourite behind a man who saw his reign at his last club end as a result of a Rovers fightback.
Here are tonight’s favourites according to Bet Victor.
Graham Alexander – 6/1
Former Salford boss Alexander is the early favourite for the job having left his previous post after seeing his team throwaway a two-goal lead against Tranmere. He brought Salford into the EFL for the first time, winning promotion via the play-offs from the National League in 2019. He was flying high in League Two when Gary Neville and chums wielded the axe recently.
He also has a promotion with Fleetwood on his CV and led Scunthorpe to the League One play-offs in 2016/17.
Paul Cook – 8/1
Second favourite is that man Cook, probably the one man most Rovers fans would love to see appointed. He has had excellent success as a manager so far, getting Wigan promoted from League One and also securing promotion with Chesterfield from League Two and ultimately guiding them to the League One play-offs.
He left Wigan after their financial problems earlier this year. Despite a strong Championship campaign, the Latics were relegated thanks to a points penalty for going into administration.
The media have linked him heavily with Mansfield in the last day or so, however, we understand his sights are set higher than League Two. We believe he was recently offered a significant financial package to take the Salford job but turned it down in favour of waiting for a Championship job.
Keith Hill – 8/1
Every time the Tranmere job is available, Keith Hill seems to be linked. He did of course very nearly take over many years ago and is linked now off the back of leaving Bolton Wanderers last season. He has had a lot of success in charge of Rochdale.
John McGreal – 8/1
The former Tranmere defender McGreal was one of the favourites to land the job during the summer. He’s fancied again this time also in at 8/1.
Gary Bowyer – 10/1
Former Bradford and Blackpool manager Bowyer is in at 10/1. Not the most inspiring, but another name that does the rouns with most north west clubs.
Simon Grayson – 10/1
A man who knows several of the squad at Tranmere from his most recent spell at Blackpool, Grayson has had a very decent managerial career but has not had too much success in recent jobs. Probably one to keep an eye on.
Best of the rest
Nigel Adkins – 14/1
We understand Adkins was sounded out about the job during the summer but wouldn’t commit as he wanted the Bristol City job. He didn’t get that, and you’d think it unlikely he’d come in now.
David Flitcroft – 14/1
An interesting prospect, Flitcroft has had a decent managerial career most recently getting Mansfield to the League Two play-offs in 2019. Also led Bury to promotion from League Two in 2015.
Nigel Clough – 16/1
Mentioned in passing during the summer, the former Burton boss is still without a job and must be an attractive proposition.
Danny Cowley – 16/1
You’d have to think this is unlikely as well, but the man who led Lincoln from National League to League One is currently unemployed following a short and unsuccessful stint at Huddersfield. Would he drop back to League Two and could Rovers afford it?