With Yeovil Town's first team management position having become vacant yesterday, attention inevitably turns to who will act as the long term replacement for Darren Way. For the moment, first team coach Neale Marmon is the man in charge of the team, and the club have not put any timeline on when a permanent successor will be put in place.
Trying to second-guess who will be the next Yeovil Town manager will be particularly problematic on this occasion, for a number of reasons:
1. It's highly unlikely that the current Board/Owner will appoint the next Yeovil Town manager (unless the ownership deal falls through)
2. There isn't a firm date on when the Ownership transfer will complete
3. We know almost nothing about what Rob Couhig's (and Mark Palmer's) views on what sort of manager or style of football, or what sort of budget he will put up at this stage. Neither have been involved in the running of a Football League club, and so may have very non-mainstream contacts in the game.
4. When the takeover happens we don't know how many games will be left of the season, or how Neale Marmon's first few games will have gone. If they go badly, then they may make their move quickly. If things have gone well, then it may be more sensible to wait until the end of the season.
As such, any media or bookmakers claiming to put big emphasis on who the new manager is going to be will end up being significantly premature. It's likely that Marmon will remain in charge until the ownership situation is resolved and that even then the urgency will depend upon the club's League Table position at that point in time.
Hence with a large pinch of salt required, the current odds from SkyBet currently have former Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke as their favourite, with him listed as Evens. He's Salisbury-based, and used to manage them before he became Rovers' manager. He was at the helm when Rovers went out of the Football League at the end of the 2013-14 season. However, he was given the chance to take them back up, and did so at the first attempt, winning the National League Play-Off Final a year later, followed by promotion to League One a year later, at the end of the 2015-16 season. He was sacked in December 2018, with Rovers stuck in the League One relegation zone.
The second favourite listed is Paul Hurst, who is given odds of 5/1. He has a fairly lengthy success record, having achieved promotion with Ilkeston Town, Boston United and Grimsby Town and was Shrewsbury Town's boss when he knocked Yeovil Town out of the EFL Trophy during the 2017-18 season, taking his side to Wembley Stadium. His one clear managerial failure was his last appointment, with him at Ipswich Town for just 15 games, with him achieving only one win. He was sacked with them bottom of the Championship table in October 2018.
Caretaker boss Neale Marmon is third favourite at 6/1 - given that many temporary appointments do turn into permanent choices, it's easy to see why the bookies have done that. Former Glovers Jerry Gill (7/1, currently at Bath City), Jamie McAllister (14/1, assistant head coach at Bristol City) and Marcus Stewart (16/1, formerly Darrell Clarke's assistant manager at Bristol Rovers) all feature highly. SkyBet also stir the pot by giving former manager Russell Slade odds of 14/1 against returning to Huish Park. Meanwhile, fans may give a bit of a 'mixed' reaction if former Boston United manager Steve Evans - ranked at 14/1 - turned up at the club. Others listed include Kevin Nolan (12/1) and Harry Kewell (16/1) - both doubtless on the list purely because they're out of work managers most recently at League Two clubs.
There is no ranking provided for current first team coach Paul Terry or Academy Head of Coaching Terry Skiverton, and no mention of former Glovers boss Gary Johnson on their listings.
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