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Top six favourites to become next Barrow manager

Who are the top six favourites to become the next Barrow manager? We have taken a look at the odds according to bookies Sky Bet.

It comes after Ian Evatt chose to make the switch to Bolton Wanderers, who were relegated from League One in early June.

The 38-year-old, who guided the Cumbrian side to League Two as National League champions, has signed a deal until the end of the 2022-23 campaign.

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So who are the favourites to replace Evatt at Holker Street as the club look forward to an exciting season in the EFL first the first time in 48 years.

6) Paul Heckingbottom

Paul Heckingbottom has been out of work since he was sacked by Scottish side Hibernian in November 2019 after he won one of their first 11 league matches in the 2019/20 season.

He was appointed in February 2019 and went on an unbeaten run, won the Premiership manager of the month award for March and then finished in fifth position, but Heckingbottom wasn’t happy that the team “downed tools” in the last few matches of the season.

Previous to that, he was manager of Leeds United and Barnsley.

His record:

Barnsley (caretaker) – 12 February 2015 until 25 February 2015 – 3 games, 2 won, 0 drew, 1 lost, 66.67win %
Barnsley (caretaker) – 6 February 2016 until 15 June 2016 – 22 games, 14 won, 5 drew, 3 lost, 63.64win %
Barnsley – 15 June 2016 until 6 February 2018 – 83 games, 23 won, 23 drew, 37 lost, 27.71win %
Leeds United – 6 February 2018 until 1 June 2018 – 16 games, 4 won, 4 drew, 8 lost, 25.00win %
Hibernian – 13 February 2019 until 4 November 2019 – 32 games, 11 won, 12 drew, 9 lost, 34.38% win

Current odds on Sky Bet: 16/1

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5) Luke Garrard

Luke Garrard is the current manager of Boreham Wood, who are set to compete in the National League playoffs this summer.

He has been their manager since 2015 and turned them from relegation candidates to playoff participants.

His side with 19th in his first season (2015-16) in charge, before guiding them to 11th (2016-17) and secured a playoff place with a 4th place finish in 2017/18, though lost out to Tranmere in the playoff final.

The following season they dropped down to 20th in 2018-19, then achieved another playoff place in 2019-20.

He is also a former footballer, having played for Swindon Town, Bishop’s Stortford, Boreham Wood, Northwood and AFC Wimbledon, where he a fan favourite and won two successive promotions with.

Current odds on Sky Bet: 16/1

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Keith Hill and his assistant David Flitcroft both parted ways at Bolton Wanderers after more than nine months and 29 league games in charge.

It was back in August 2019 that Hill replaced Phil Parkinson, in which he said it was “his dream job”, before bolstering the squad previously reliant on youth players, signing nine players before the transfer deadline closed in September 2019 and then brought in another 10 in January 2020.

Despite the deduction of 12 points, Bolton ended the league season with five wins, eleven draws and eighteen defeats from 34 games played.

Of the 286 days and 33 games at the helm, Keith Hill picked up a 18.2 win percentage.

Previous to Bolton, he lost his job at Rochdale for the second time.

He guided them to promotion from League Two on the 26th of April 2014, the second time he did so, previous to that was 2009/10 season.

Hill departed following their 2-0 defeat at league leaders Luton Town, ending his spell where he managed 570 games in his two spells in charge and winning 235 of them.

Dale sat 22nd in the League One table after winning just once in 12 games since Boxing Day and were five points adrift of safety after five straight defeats.

Hill has also managed Barnsley, avoiding relegation by one place in his first season in charge then got the boot in December 2012.

Current odds on Sky Bet: 14/1


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3) Danny Grainger

Danny Grainger is a player manager at Northern Premier League North West Division leaders Workington, however the season was made null and void, so promotion wont be happening for them.

He has no other managerial experience, but has had plenty as a footballer, playing for Gretna, Brechin, Dundee United, St Johnstone, Hearts, St Mirren, Dunfirmline and Carlisle, in a professional career that lasted  between 2002 and 2019, scoring 37 in 384 matches as a left back.

Current odds on Sky Bet: 14/1


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Clough is an experienced boss who last month left his position as manager of Burton Albion.

He is looking to get back into the dugout, however has already expressed an interest at going back to a Championship club… one of which could be Birmingham after having held talks with this recently.

The 54 year old also knows how to work on a tight budget, however, he couldn’t go on at the Brewers as they had to adjust to the financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus.

Some of his best honours includes League One promotion with Burton in 2015–16, as well as becoming an EFL Cup Semi Finalist with Burton in 2018-19 and also took Sheffield United to the same stage but of the FA Cup in 2014-15, before parting company in May 2015.

Burton Albion – October 1998 until January 2009
Derby County – 8 January 2009 until 28 September 2013 – 233 games, 78, wins, 54 draws, 101 defeats, 33.5 % won
Sheffield United – 23 October 2013 until 25 May 2015 – 104 games, 49 wins, 30 draws, 25 defeats, 47.1 % won
Burton Albion – 7 December 2015 until 18 May 2020 – 228 games, 78 wins, 57 draws, 93 defeats, 34.2 % won
Total – 565 games, 205 wins, 141 draws, 219 defeats, 36.3 % won

Current odds on Sky Bet: 6/1

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1) David Dunn

David Dunn is the bookmakers favourite to become the new manager at Barrow.

He is currently a coach with League One side Blackpool having been appointed by Simon Grayson in January, and kept on by ex-Liverpool boss Neil Critchley.

Between the sacking of Grayson, and appointing Critchley, Dunn had four games as caretaker, winning four, drawing one and losing one.

His only other managerial experience was a short spell in charge of Oldham Athletic in 2015/16, winning just three of his 20 matches.

It was just months after he hung up his boots after a remarkable playing career, which saw him make 466 appearances, 378 of those coming at Blackburn Rovers.

After his departure from Oldham, Dunn joined Rovers where he worked alongside Damien Johnson in the Under-23s, helping the club win the Premier League 2 Division Two title in 2017/18.

He also had a spell as first-team coach in the final 15 games of the 2016/17 season, before Tony Mowbray came in.

Dunn left Rovers in the summer of 2018 but is now back in the game after a short hiatus.

Current odds on Sky Bet: 1/5


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Other managers listed by Sky Bet are

AFC Fylde’s Jim Bentley (22/1), Adrian Pennock (25/1), Dave Bayliss (25/1) and David Flitcroft (25/1).

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