Phil Brown favourite for Fleetwood job after turning down Grimsby

by Jack Kitson / 20 February 2018, 11:52

Phil Brown could be set to make a swift return to management after bookmakers installed the former Southend United boss as the favourite to replace Uwe Rosler.

Rosler was sent packing on Saturday after a poor run of results left Fleetwood one place above the League One relegation zone, on goal difference.

Former Wigan and Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell emerged as the early frontrunner to replace the German, but it’s Brown who now leads the way at 2/1 with Bet Victor.

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Brown was sacked by Southend last month after five years at the helm. The club then appointed former player Chris Powell who has since gone on to make a stunning impact at his former stomping ground, accumulating 13 points from five unbeaten matches.

According to journalist Mike White, Brown has turned down the chance to take charge of Grimsby, but if the betting is to be believed then the former Hull gaffer could soon be back in the League One dugout with Fleetwood.

Barry Nicholson - assisted by David Lucas - has been placed in charge of the Cod Army for Tuesday night’s clash at home to Portsmouth as the club bid to halt their seven game losing streak (five in the league).

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Fleetwood are in no rush to appoint a new manager meaning there’s every chance Nicholson and Lucas could remain at the helm for the final 14 matches of the season.

Other names in the betting include Caldwell, Nicky Butt, Frank Lampard and former Bradford boss Stuart McCall.

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