Chris Powell and Steve Evans linked with managerless Walsall

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 08 April 2019, 09:50

Walsall pulled the plug on their partnership with manager Dean Keates over the weekend following a run of five straight defeats which left the club one point adrift of League One safety with five games to go.

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Keates, who became the 14th third-tier boss to lose his job this season, departed the 22nd-placed Saddlers with a record of 18 wins, 13 draws, and 29 defeats from 60 matches during a spell that lasted just over a year.

Considering that there are only a handful of matches left to play The Express And Star reports that Walsall are likely to ‘make an internal appointment until the end of the campaign,’ which could be first team coach Martin O’Connor.

Obviously, Walsall will be a far more attractive prospect if they avoid the dreaded drop down to League Two, with the club’s next appointment set to be their fourth permanent manager in less than four years.

Bookmakers Bet Victor have installed the former Southend boss Chris Powell as the narrow 4/1 favourite to become Walsall’s next full-time boss, in what is a very open market.

Powell lost his job at Southend last month with his ex-employers currently only one point and two places above Walsall in 20th.

Also in the mix are another couple of managers to leave their League One posts this season, in Darrell Clarke (5/1) and Steve Evans (8/1), while Paul Hurst also features at 5/1.

Kevin Nolan can be backed at 10/1 to return to management. Michael Appleton is priced at 16/1, alongside Harry Kewell, and Watford's assistant head coach Zigor Aranalde who spent five years at Walsall, between 2000 and 2005.



Managers Departed

Last man down

Dean Keates
Dean Keates
6th April