Sacked Championship manager emerges as favourite for Bristol Rovers job as shortlist takes shape

Former Leeds United coaches Garry Monk and Karl Robinson had been favourites, but now a former Rotherham United manager is emerging as a contender.

Bristol Rovers have been without a manager for three weeks since sacking Joey Barton.

The Gas haven't rushed into an appointment, and instead given Barton's right-hand man Andy Mangan the reigns. He's done a good job so far at the Memorial Stadium, and in the five games he's overseen he's yet to lose, and under his stewardship he's guided them to the knockouts of the EFL Trophy, and up to 10th in the League One standings.

Mangan has shown loyalty to Barton, and followed him to Fleetwood Town, and later Rovers but it remains to be seen whether he'd remain at the club, or follow Barton to his next team.

"If the owners decide they want to give me the job then I'll be one of the proudest men ever," said Mangan on Tuesday night to BristolLive when asked if he would be interested in taking the job on a permanent basis.

"I would be delighted to take over. All I can keep doing is keep winning games of football. I think you can see the lads are all together so we've just got to take it from there."

Hussain AlSaeed revealed the club wanted a young manager with experience of taking a team out of League One and into the Championship. It was reported that Garry Monk, formerly of Birmingham City and Sheffield Wednesday is said to be of interest. Former Oxford United boss and Leeds United coach Karl Robinson has been said to be 'very keen' on taking the role. Southend United boss Kevin Maher, who was first-team coach at Rovers under various managers, has also been linked to the post, as has Dean Holden who was head coach of Bristol City.

As the search goes on for a manager, we take a look at who's in the running for the job, and who's the favourite. A recently sacked Championship manager, let go by Rotherham United is now a key contender through the role. Flick through to see who's favourite from least likely to most likely. All odds are courtesy of BetVictor, and are right at the time of publication (11:25 on 16th November, 2023)

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