Fleetwood Town are reportedly ‘lining up an approach’ for League Two manager Pete Wild of Barrow having impressed for them.
That is according to the sources of Football Insider with the Cod Army searching for a new manager following the sacking of Scott Brown.
He departed last weekend after picking up just one point from their first six League One games of the 2023/24 season.
— Pete O’Rourke (@SportsPeteO) September 7, 2023
Pete Wild is said to be ‘highly-regarded in coaching circles’ as per the report, following spells at the likes of Oldham Athletic and FC Halifax Town before he linked up with Barrow in 2022.
The 39 year old guided his side to a 9th place finish in fourth tier last season and currently find themselves sitting 4th in the table after losing only one of their opening six matches.
Football Insider also claim that ex-Oxford and MK Dons boss Karl Robinson was the frontrunner for the job, while Mike Williamson who inspired Gateshead to the National League North title in 2021/22 is also creeping up the list of favourites on BetVictor.
7th September 2023 – 4pm
Pete Wild – 2/1
Mike Williamson – 5/2
Karl Robinson – 8/1
Darren Moore – 12/1
Steve Cotterill – 16/1
Ritchie Wellens – 16/1
In May 2023, Barrow boss Pete Wild seemingly played down speculation linking him with a vacancy at Blackpool, saying after Barrow’s final day 1-0 defeat to Stevenage that he doesn’t pay any attention to the “rumour mill”.
“People can write articles,” he told BBC Radio Cumbria.
“I’m annoyed at where it’s come from. I can’t find out who’s wrote the article… well I know who’s wrote it but I can’t find the source of the article and that’s really winding me up.
“But listen, if I get linked to jobs that’s because the players and staff have done an outstanding job and that’s what they’ve done this season – and long may that continue.
“There’s always the rumour mill, but I don’t buy into any rumour mills.”
It remains to be seen what he thinks about the Fleetwood job vacancy he is linked with, but it wouldn’t be surprising if it was along these lines.
He building something at Barrow, he is enjoying where he is at, and it would in our opinion be a shock if he left, however, if he is approached, could League One be tempting enough for him this time around, or would he rather get there by going up with Barrow?
Wild said after his side lost 2-0 to Blackpool in the EFL Trophy in midweek (5th September 2023): “I thought we played really well throughout the first half was about containing them.
“Think about what happened here last time and what we did when we started chasing the balls. We wanted to sit in. We wanted to make sure that we got our press right.
“I thought we got our press spot on in both halves. We nicked the ball well, and with the ball tonight, I thought we played some really good passage of play.
“Played across them really well up, back and through everything we’ve asked of our players tonight. They’ve done down to a T and we’ve been it off a couple of counters, which is frustrating because we’ve generally crossed the night.
“We’ve defended the counter really well. But there’s your difference. There’s that little sharp difference at the end that’s cost us, unfortunately.”
Watch the Gaffer’s reaction to tonight’s game against Blackpool ⬇️⬇️https://t.co/gUSBzQFWkC
— Barrow AFC (@BarrowAFC) September 5, 2023
And for those interested, here’s highlights of their 1-0 victory in the League Two fixture away at Harrogate…
This is what fans are saying with Fleetwood Town reportedly ‘lining up an approach’ for the League Two manager…
@ftfcRedford: Get it done
@kianj44: Please please please
@knewshh: Opinions are very split on Pete Wild. I think it’d be great if we appointed him
@alfiestocky: still would prefer karl robinson however pete wild wouldn’t be that bad
@ftfctwiggy: Don’t know what to think about Pete Wild if we do get him. Think Barrow we’re strong favourites to go up at Christmas time last season and bottled it massively to 9th. Great start this season tho and last season only got 47 goals which is a bit worrying. And he’s not experienced.
@ftfctwiggy: Hopefully I’m wrong with being optimistic. He likes to use a 4-3-1-2 with Barrow which wouldn’t suit us at all, with our most attacking threat being out on the wing. But has swapped between that and a 3-5-2 which so far this season really hasn’t worked at all.
@ftfctwiggy: Would rather have Robinson with league one experience or even Steve Cotterill