David Flitcroft switches Swindon Town for Mansfield Town with Pat Fenlon waiting in the wings

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 01 March 2018, 10:50

The League Two manager merry-go-round has exploded into life in the last few weeks following a surprisingly quiet festive period.

Last month Cambridge United kicked started the action after they decided to axe Shaun Derry, with Grimsby following suit a couple of days later when they closed the curtains on Russell Slade’s latest spell with the club.

Both clubs remain on the hunt for a new manager, although Joe Dunne is now the scorching hot 1/4 favourite for the Cambridge job, while Gary Holt leads the way in the Next Grimsby Town Manager.

The division was given a brief respite, but not for long as Steve Evans then left Mansfield Town shell-shocked on Tuesday night when he abruptly handed in his resignation, before leaving for Peterborough United just over 12 hours later.

However, the Stags have wasted no time in finding a replacement for the Scot, today (Thursday) naming David Flitcroft as their new gaffer at Field Hill.

Flitcroft, who took charge of Swindon in the summer, went on to win 18 of his 35 league and cup matches in charge of the Robins - leaving them 7th - but now joins a club three points and two places above them in the League Two table.

Flitcroft’s surprise appointment means yet another League Two vacancy has now opened up - at Swindon - with Pat Fenlon installed as the early frontrunner for the job.

Fenlon is available after stepping down from his position as Waterford’s Director of Football a couple of weeks ago. The Irishman has previously enjoyed league title success in his homeland with Bohemians and Shelbourne, while he twice led Hibernian to the Scottish Cup final.

Other contenders for the post include former Fleetwood Town boss Uwe Rosler, Swindon midfielder Matthew Taylor, who has taken over on a temporary basis, Craig Bellamy and Phil Brown, while ex boss Paolo Di Canio is a 25/1 shot to make a sensational return.

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