Former Premier League managers in the mix to replace Neal Ardley at AFC Wimbledon

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 12 November 2018, 12:00

AFC Wimbledon have opened up the search for a new manager for the first time in a whopping six years following the departure of Neal Ardley. Lee Clark, Tim Sherwood, and Paul Hurst are a few of the early contenders in the betting.

Ardley, who replaced Terry Brown back in October 2012, has today (Monday) left his post at the club after half-a-dozen-years, during which he led the club up into League One, before establishing them in the third-tier.

However, he now gives up his title as the 'third-longest-serving manager in the top-four tiers' following a run of three wins in 17 games which leaves the club 23rd in the table.

AFC Wimbledon have revealed that Simon Bassey, a 10/1 shot for the full-time job, has taken over as interim manager at Kingsmeadow, while the club looks for a permanent successor to Neal.

In a statement, Chief Executive Erik Samuelson said:

“Neal has been a credit to the club in everything he has done.

“He is a clear thinker, a superb man-manager and a fine coach.

“I’ve enjoyed working with him and am absolutely certain that he will achieve even greater success in his next roles.

“So, he leaves with my personal thanks and gratitude for what he has done in his time here at AFC Wimbledon.”

The Next AFC Wimbledon Market is incredibly open, as you’d expect at this early stage.

The early favourite is former Birmingham boss Steve Cotterill, followed by Ian Holloway, who is currently leading our poll with a sizeable 42% of the vote - get involved below.

Holloway has been out-of-work since leaving QPR at the end of last season. The veteran gaffer has managed a whole host of clubs during his time in the dugout, including the likes of Blackpool, Crystal Palace and Millwall, but you can bet your last penny that we haven’t seen the last of the affable boss just yet.

Other contenders include Darren Ferguson, Mark Warburton, the recently sacked duo of Phil Brown and Paul Hurst, while Mick McCarthy can be backed at 12/1.

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