Next Bristol City Manager Odds: Four names in contention to replace Lee Johnson

by Charlie Zazzera / 04 July 2020, 21:17

We’ve witnessed a Saturday night shock as after three-and-a-half years, Bristol City have sacked the third longest-serving manager in the EFL: Lee Johnson. 

The Robins were in the hunt for a Championship play-off place back in February, but after no wins in nine and four straight defeats after the restart, the club revealed that Johnson had been relieved of his role as their Head Coach. 

Here are four names who could become the next Bristol City manager... 

Tony Pulis

Remarkably, Tony Pulis has been installed as the early favourite to return to Ashton Gate.

He was controversially appointed as the club's manager in 1999 despite being a Bristol Rovers legend as a player, and his stint did not go well. With an average win rate of just 30%, the fans turned on him after rumours of a move to Portsmouth surfaced, and he left after just 33 games. 

Given the twitter reaction to the news that he's top of the betting odds, we’d be shocked if the club would re-appoint the ex-Stoke boss, and thus feel there's value elsewhere.

Gareth Ainsworth

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Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth has been made third favourite and could be a progressive appointment to get Ashton Gate rocking again. He’s taken the Chairboys from surviving relegation to the conference on the final day of the season, to one(ish) games away from the Championship. 

Ainsworth has taken his swashbuckling-direct style as a player into management and has turned into one of the best young managers in the Football League.

Should Wycombe fail to get promoted, this could be the step for the longest serving manager in England to take to progress his managerial career.

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Slavisa Jokanovic

The Serbian manager boasts one of the most impressive Championship records ever, having won two promotions from the division with Watford and Fulham - in 2018 he became the first foreign coach to twice win promotion to the Premier League.

Jokanovic is now out in Qatar at Al-Gharafa but has made it no secret about his love for coaching in England, and with his incredible track record, this would be a real coup for Bristol City in their bid to finally gain promotion to the Premier League. 

Joey Barton

Is chairman Stephen Lansdown a gambling man?

If he is, then Joey Barton could be an inspired appointment after his impressive campaign with Fleetwood.

In only his second season as a manager, Barton has turned Fleetwood into one of the best teams in League One, who arguably were in the best form to make an automatic place before the season was suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

They took a battering off Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe in the first play-off leg, but Barton has proved he can instill his tenacious philosophy into winning performances, and could be a risk leading to reward for Bristol City.

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