Gary Holt is the new market leader in race to be next Grimsby Town manager
Gary Holt has emerged as the bookmaker favourite to take charge of Grimsby Town, with the former Norwich and Nottingham Forest manager thought to have held talks with the League Two club about the vacant position.
Bookmaker BetVictor offer 1/2 about Holt taking charge after previously enjoying coaching spells with Norwich and Falkirk, with Michael Jolley priced at 6/4 and Gary Brabin at 6/1 although he wasn’t particularly effective at Tranmere Rovers in his most recent managerial spell.
Grimsby Town are still searching for a new manager and John Askey is the 2/1 favourite with BetVictor, with the current Macclesfield Town manager having done very well with the Silkmen in the National League.
Macclesfield sit top of the table and look on course to claim their place in the Football League next season, although perhaps Askey will want to try and complete the job at Moss Rose rather than head to the east coast.
Paul Wilkinson is a 4/1 chance to take charge having been near the head of the betting for a while, while Sol Campbell is a 6/1 poke and he recently applied for the position of Oxford United manager.
Craig Elliott has emerged as the new favourite to take charge at Grimsby Town, with the current Boston United gaffer thought to be under consideration for the role at Blundell Park following the departure of Russell Slade.
John Askey is a 3/1 chance and that would be another potential non-league appointment, with the current Macclesfield manager having done a good job in the National League.
Paul Wilkinson is out to 6/1 and Robbie Stockdale is the same price, with Phil Brown a 10/1 chance and it very much comes down to whether the Mariners will take a gamble on an unproven manager in League Two.
Paul Wilkinson is the 3/1 BetVictor favourite to become the next Grimsby Town manager, with the 53-year-old taking caretaker charge of the Mariners following the departure of Russell Slade.
Slade has parted company with the League Two club after Saturday’s 3-0 defeat away to Crawley, with Robbie Stockdale also 3/1 to replace him and the former Middlesbrough defender is thought to be in the running.
Phil Brown recently left Southend and he’s an 8/1 chance to take the reins at Blundell Park, although he might be holding out for a position in a higher division considering he has managed in the Premier League with Hull City.
Robbie Neilson is a 10/1 poke and the same price is available about John Askey, with the Macclesfield manager having done well with the Silkmen this term.
Paul Hurst has just left Blundell Park for Shrewsbury Town and that has left the Mariners without a first-team manager. It was something of a surprise to see Hurst leave Grimsby after steering them back into the Football League in May, while Town had enjoyed a bright start to life in League Two.
The Mariners board are now searching for a successor and Danny Cowley is the 5/6 favourite with Sky Bet, although perhaps the current Lincoln manager would prefer to stay at Sincil Bank having recently made the move from Braintree.
Cowley did perform an excellent job as Braintree manager last term and actually steered them into the top five of the division before a play-off defeat. However, he doesn’t have a wealth of experience.
Nigel Adkins was recently linked to the vacant post of Tranmere Rovers manager before Micky Mellon was recruited. Now he’s 6/5 with Sky Bet to become the next boss at Blundell Park although many would suspect the former Southampton manager might not find the prospect of League Two too appealing.
Russ Wilcox is a 9/1 shot although he didn’t seem to prosper when in charge of York City, with John McDermott available at 16/1.
Therefore, it would seem like a straight race between Cowley and Adkins if the latest odds are to be believed, although there is every chance that there have been other applications to be the next manager of Grimsby Town.
All odds were correct at time of posting.