Next Bristol Rovers Manager: Who will replace Ben Garner at the League One club?

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 14 November 2020, 19:43

Bristol Rovers are searching for their third manager in the space of a year after the League One club parted company with boss Ben Garner.

Back in December (2019) Garner replaced Graham Coughlan, who left the club in order to take charge of Mansfield Town in League Two. However, both bosses are now jobless, with Coughlan axed by The Stags last month.

Garner recorded just six wins - five in the league - from his 31 matches at the helm, meaning he departs from his first permanent post with a 19.35% Win Rate, while he leaves 18th-placed Rovers hovering three points above the third-tier relegation zone after registering just a single point from their last four matches.

“The Club would like to thank Ben Garner for all his hard work and wish him the very best of luck for the future,” Rovers said in a statement on Saturday night.

So, who is in the running for the manager's job according to the next Bristol Rovers manager market?

Tommy Widdrington has been placed in caretaker charge while the club searches for a new manager, and it’s the former Southampton player who leads the early betting at 2/1.

Widdrington, who is Rovers' Head of Recruitment, has previously managed Eastbourne Borough, Hemel Hempstead Town and Salisbury City.

In his first managerial post at Salisbury he was headbutted by Rushden & Diamonds boss Garry Hill during a touchline incident, which broke his nose.

Widdrington was also assistant manager to Paul Sturrock at Southend, and Head of Recruitment at Coventry.

Elsewhere, Nigel Adkins and Danny Cowley can both be backed at 8/1, while Paul Tisdale is priced at 10/1.

Former Exeter City boss Tisdale may not have worked for the last year, but he’s been linked with multiple posts during that period, and this particular vacancy could tempt his fancy given that he lives just down the road in Bath.

Former Rovers boss Ian Holloway, who was linked with the job last year, is inevitably in contention at 16/1. However, it would come as a surprise if he left Grimsby Town, where he’s both manager and a director.

Sol Campbell, Paul Cook and Paul Heckingbottom are also hovering around the main cluster of favourites.

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