Odds on Plymouth next manager
Stoke City called, and Steven Schumacher answered, leaving an empty managerial seat at Plymouth. Undoubtedly, Steven Schumacher's move to Stoke City is an interesting one. The manager has had a fairly good run with Plymouth Argyle lately; the club even sits above Stoke City.
But this Christmas, amidst the season cheer and festivities, Plymouth Argyle could be looking for a new manager. So, who are the favourites for the vacant spot? The last few managers at Plymouth have been pretty young, with a bit of flair for young talents. So maybe it could continue in that direction. Here, we discuss the next Plymouth manager odds and more! Keep reading as we unveil the contenders.
Next Plymouth Argile manager odds
Following Ryan Lowe's departure for a job in Preston North End, Schumacher took the role of Plymouth Argyle's manager. Schumacher’s two years at the club saw high and low moments, however, he pulled off a stellar turnaround for the club. His impact was especially noteworthy in March 2022, when he snatched the EFL League One Manager of the Month award following a six-straight win record.
A feat that has not been achieved since 2005 (in the club). However, despite the team's impressive start, the Pilgrims lost rhythm, losing a couple of matches and finishing seventh in the 2021/22 season. Most notable was the 0:5 defeat by Milton Keynes Dons on the last day of the season.
Odds on the next Plymouth manager
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Schumacher didn't let the lacklustre end of the 2021/2022 season deter him. With renewed vigour, he clinched the EFL League One Manager of the Month award again in September 2022. But the peak of his time at Plymouth didn't come until April this year. Plymouth secured the top spot in the lower division league (EPL league one). This success brought joy to the fans and club owners and was the team's first trophy in 13 years. As Schumacher vacates the role, the responsibility rests on the next manager to build on this last season’s momentum. Here is a table highlighting the top contenders for Schumacher's spot and their odds.
Leighton Baines leads the race
Last Position: Everton Junior team
Leighton Baines emerges as the top choice for Schumacher's former position at Plymouth. The former Everton full-back is relatively new to his managerial career, which offers a fresh perspective to coaching Plymouth. Although Leigh has no prior senior managerial experience, he shows great promise. Currently, he holds the spot of Everton's under-23s head coach. He has even nurtured talents like Jarrad Branthwaite, Jack Harrison, Vitalli Mykolenko. At Plymouth Argyle, he has an opportunity to enhance more young talents.
John Eustace a growing prospect
Last Position: Birmingham City
John Eustace is another young manager prodigy that many spectators can't stop discussing. After John Eustace's retirement as a player, he swiftly went into coaching. And he has beaten the odds, literally. During his time at Birmingham City, he was able to supersede expectations, placing the team in sixth position. John is able to exploit tactical play and has an incredible grip on his team. The 44 year old was harshly booted from Birmingham City's managerial seat(October, 2023), which leaves the coach up for grabs by Plymouth. While not the top favorite to take over from Schumacher, he has a good chance.
Is Nathan Jones a step closer to Plymouth?
Last Position: Southampton
After exiting Managerial role at Southampton. The Welshman, Nathan Jones, is currently free to take on new challenges. While the coach was booted out of Southampton for mediocre play, he has proven to be a remarkable coach/manager in the past. With Luton, he was able to take the team to new heights. Stats don't lie, and what Nathan has been able to pull with other clubs means he could do the same for Plymouth. Schumacher has left Plymouth Argyle on a decent trajectory; Nathan is considered a suitable replacement by some fans and pundits.