What next for Paul Tisdale? Former MK Dons manager linked with Grimsby, Carlisle and Leyton Orient

Gabriel Sutton by Gabriel Sutton / 18 November 2019, 11:26

Paul Tisdale is out of work and, with his past achievements in League Two, he will be a man in demand.

Since news of Tisdale’s dismissal at MK Dons, we have seen Carlisle United, Grimsby Town and Leyton Orient all part company with their respective managers – coincidence?

We look at the three possible suitors for the smartly suited supervisor...

Carlisle United

Why it would be a good fit

Carlisle need somebody to stabilize the club.

The problems at Brunton Park are that the board and Director of Football David Holdsworth only offer players one-year contracts; they therefore struggle to make key players feel wanted and thus are rarely able to plan long-term.

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Over 12 years at Exeter, Paul Tisdale oversaw sustainable progress, which is something Carlisle have not done, especially with regards to development and player sales.

Since relegation to this level in 2014, the Cumbrians have gained a paltry £640K in transfer fees from the exits of Kyle Dempsey, Charlie Wyke and Liam Mccarron combined.

In the same period, Exeter have gained a total of £7.43M in transfer fees through the sales of Ollie Watkins, David Wheeler, Tom Nichols, Matt Grimes, Jordan Storey, Lloyd James, Jayden Stockley and Ethan Ampadu (20% sell on fee), each of whom played under Tisdale for all or part of their St James’s Park stints.

Carlisle, therefore, have gained 8.6% of what Exeter have from sales in the last half-decade and Tisdale would fix that.

Why it might not

Tisdale is the type of manager who likes to have a grasp on the whole club, which may not quite fit in with the director of football model; it would also be a long way up north for him to base himself, too.

The board tend to go cheap when it comes to managers; they have not head-hunted somebody who was in charge at another club since John Ward arrived from Cheltenham in 2007.

Of course, Tisdale is out of work, but he would likely demand high wages and contract security to offset the advantage of no compensation fee, so it is hard to see the board being brave enough to make this sort of commitment.

Verdict

Tisdale is priced at 40/1 with PaddyPower, which suggest the bookies are doubtful that Carlisle can attract him.

Grimsby Town

Why it would be a good fit

Of the three League Two clubs that have parted company with their manager in the last week, it is arguably Grimsby Town who have the structure best suited to Tisdale’s tendency to run the club, rather than just the team.

The Mariners also have an excellent youth academy, with which Neil Woods has done a fine job.

Centre-back Mattie Pollock, versatile midfielder Harry Clifton, direct winger Max Wright and energetic forward Ahkeem Rose have all established themselves as valuable members of the squad over the last 12 months.

The likes of Ollie Battersby, Joseph Starbuck, Luis Adlard plus Brandons Buckley and McPherson, meanwhile, are not far behind the quick quality quartet on the conveyor belt.

Under Tisdale’s guidance, a lot of those players could progress to help Grimsby on the field and ultimately increase their income through sales.

Majority shareholder John Fenty has faced criticism and does not always appear like the most natural leader, which is why Grimsby arguably need a manager who can oversee the whole club and Tisdale fits into that category perfectly.

Why it might not

As with Carlisle, Tisdale would have to move away from the south of England, where he has lived all his life.

This century, he has only ever been based in Bath, Exeter and Milton Keynes, all of which being well-off areas that may have suited his choice of lifestyle.

As a well-dressed, affluent man - an ambassador for a well-known fashion brand - one might question whether he would necessarily buy into the fabric of an economically challenged fishing town.

It can be very important that a manager embraces not just his job but the whole area.

Verdict

Tisdale is 10/1 with PaddyPower for the Grimsby job, so it looks more likely than Carlisle – although Kevin Nolan, evens with BetVictor, looks the current front-runner.

Leyton Orient

Why it would be a good fit

A London club may be better suited, culturally and geographically, to Tisdale than Carlisle or Grimsby.

The 46-year-old put out a subtle hint that Orient “need to appoint correctly” with a slight smile on his face when talking about the situation on Quest TV last Saturday.

The O’s already possess a squad suited to 3-5-2 or 3-4-3, which were Tisdale’s primary formations of choice while at MK Dons.

The valued Valettan vanquisher of the fourth-tier likes intelligent wing-backs, which he would inherit in the energetic Sam Ling and the technical Joe Widdowson.

He then favours one holding midfielder, possibly Craig Clay, allowing Josh Wright and James Brophy to push on in support.

Why it might not

Orient have a Director of Football in Martin Ling, who Tisdale would need to work with.

It could be that the O’s are happy to trust the off-field personnel they have in place to continue doing their jobs - and that they are just looking for a tracksuit coach to look after the first team.

Verdict

Ross Embleton and Danny Webb could massively benefit from working alongside someone as experienced and controlled as Tisdale, who would be a good option if he is happy with the way the club is structured. Second favourite for this job at 8/1 with BetVictor.

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