Peterborough United fan Steve Evans again heads the betting to become the club’s next manager.
Posh parted company with Dave Robertson yesterday after just 23 matches and 197 days in charge. It was the first managerial sacking of the current Football League season.
Football League sponsors Sky Bet have already opened the betting on the next permanent Posh manager. Steve Evans was the 3/1 favourite today (September 7) as he was for most of the summer before Robertson’s appointment was confirmed.
Here the Peterborough Telegraph runs the rule over the top 10 in the Sky Bet betting chart.
3/1 Steve Evans.
He has a house in Wansford, he has stated on the record that he would love to manage Posh one day and he has a phenomenal record in the lower divisions of the Football League.
Evans has baggage and his arrival wouldn’t be well-received by all Posh fans (and probably not all of the players), but he’s a winner and a hard man who wouldn’t accept some of the half-hearted displays we’ve witnessed from Posh recently.
Don’t back him just yet though. He has a job at Rotherham and recently insisted he was staying with ‘The Millers’. The Millers might not stick with him though as they are hot favourites to be relegated from the Championship.
PT verdict: Go get him. He’d be ruthless and successful.
4/1 Graham Westley
The former Stevenage and Preston manager was at Roots Hall watching Posh on Saturday (September 5). At least he’d know the size of the task. It’s massive.
He’s independently wealthy so salary might not be an issue, but he has a poor track record since his first successful spell at Stevenage as his reportedly eccentric methods stopped working.
Not sure he’d get on with Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony, especially if he was involved in persuading us to spend £800K on Michael Bostwick.
PT Verdict: Steer well clear, and not just because we in the media don’t want to be kept waiting for hours after a match, which is a Westley speciality.
8/1 Grant McCann
It was our opinion that this fantastic Posh player should have been ahead of Robertson in the managerial pecking order in the summer. His playing career and popularity in the dressing room would have given him a decent head start.
But McCann said that it was too early in his managerial career to become a number one and he’s probably right. He will more than likely be retained under a new manager and his passion for the club and his knowledge of it will be invaluable for Robertson’s successor
PT Verdict: Keep him as assistant manager, even if he starts his caretaker stint well.
10/1 Darren Ferguson
Fergie says himself that he’s a non-runner in this race and yet he is still fourth favourite in the betting charts. His return for a second spell in charge at London Road in January 2011 came as a surprise, but surely he won’t be re-united with MacAnthony again?
He is the only successful manager that MacAnthony has ever appointed in his near-nine years at the club, but when he left Posh last February he looked like he’d lost the plot as well as the dressing room.
PT Verdict: He’s had his time. Don’t ruin the three-promotion legacy any further.
12/1 Stephen Pressley
Was respected at Coventry, but look how well the Sky Blues have done since he left.
PT Verdict: No thanks.
14/1 Brian McDermott
The clamour for Mark Warburton to be apppinted last summer was quite ridiculous. His stock was far too high for Posh to have a chance.
McDermott could well feel the same even though he’s been out of work since unluckily losing his job at Leeds United 16 months ago.
If he wants a challenge, and the chance to restore his reputation, he could show an interest.
PT Verdict: Wouldn’t say no, suspect he would though.
16/1 Ian Holloway
Two years ago he’d have been a terrific appointment, and not just for the laughs, but he’s had many failures among his successes so his best days are probably behind him.
If he was appointed he could at least try and make up for his part in the Posh decline, He was managing Crystal Palace on that fateful day when Posh were relegated from the Championship in May 2013, the match that still haunts all Posh folk.
PT Verdict: Posh need a motivator not a joker
16/1 Nigel Clough
His teams play boring football, but in a Posh squad lacking quality, defensive organisation would not necessarily be a bad thing.
A son of a famous father worked for Posh twice before. Not sure the chairman would like what he was watching most of the time though.
PT Verdict: Better choice than some on the list.
16/1 Phil Brown
No idea why he is on the list. He’s happy and doing a great job at Southend.
PT Verdict: We’d be happy to have him, but it’s a long shot that he’d even be remotely interested.
16/1 Lee Clark
Struggled since the early days of his management career at Huddersfield. We still can’t get our head round his decision to leave Jordan Rhodes on the substitutes’ bench in the League One play-off final defeat to Posh at Old Trafford in May 2011, although we are glad he did,
PT Verdict: Not good enough,
Other odds to become the next Posh manager from Sky Bet:
20/1 Paul Tisdale, Alex McLeish, Darrell Clarke, Stuart McCall, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Malkay Mackay, Neil Redfearn, John Ward.
25/1 Justin Edinburgh, Adrian Pennock, Roy Keane, Alan Irvine, David Flitcroft, Phil Parkinson, Gary Megson, John Carver.
33/1 Mark Cooper, Jack Collison, Alan Curbishley.