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Top six favourites to become next Shrewsbury manager

In this article, we take a look at the top six favourites to become next Shrewsbury Town manager according to bookies.

Salop have got rid of their boss and his assistant Dean Whitehead after just one league win all season and the club 23rd in the League One table.

Former Hull, Oxford, Swansea, Bolton, Wolves and Coventry defender had been in charge of the club since December 2018, when he left his role as Wrexham boss to take the League One club’s job.

So who are the top six favourites to become next Shrewsbury manager? Find out as we take a look through each candidate below…

6) Gary Bowyer

He is currently out of a job after he resigned as Blackpool manager last year.

Bowyer had been in charge of the Tangerines in June 2016 after the club’s relegation to League Two.

In March 2017, he was hit by boiled sweets thrown by Newport County fans during his side’s win at Rodney Parade.

In May 2017, Bowyer took Blackpool back up to League One in his first season in charge, his side beat Exeter City in the League Two Playoff Final.

He then resigned on the 6th of August 2018 after the first game of the season.

In February 2019 he was linked with the job at Bradford City before he replaced David Hopkin as Bantams boss on the 4th of March 2019, signing a contract until the end of the season.

In April 2019 he signed a contract with Bradford City until 2021. He was nominated for the League Two Manager of the Month award for October 2019,[29] but later said he was not a ‘fan’ of such awards. He was sacked on 3 February 2020 after 11 months into his spell at club due to his poor form and backlash from fans online.

At the time, they sat 8th in the League Two table, five points behind the Northampton who were in the playoffs having played a game more. Stuart McCall tookover and they finished 9th and four points behind Cobblers who maintained a playoff place.

Sky Bet odds to takeover at Shrewsbury: 12/1

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5) John Eustace

A while back, Swansea City wanted to speak to the Queens Park Rangers assistant manager, John Eustace, about succeeding Graham Potter.

In April 2016, after spending a short period of time with the club, Eustace was named manager of National League side Kidderminster, signing a one-year contract until the end of the 2016–17 season. He then left the club in May 2018 to join former manager Steve McClaren at Queens Park Rangers as assistant manager.

The 39-year-old – who used to play for Coventry City, Stoke City, Watford and Derby County – was named and remains as QPR boss Mark Warburton’s number two at Loftus Road.

Sky Bet odds to takeover at Shrewsbury: 12/1

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4) Danny Coyne

Danny Coyle is a two time caretaker for Shresbury Town, most recently a goalkeeper coach at Middlesbrough.

The ex shot stopper was in between the sticks for the likes of Wales, Tranmere, Grimsby, Leicester, Burnley, and Middlesbrough, as well as signed for Sheffield United and Shrewsbury but didn’t play any game for the latter two.

  • Shrewsbury Town (caretaker) – 6 October 2016 until 23 October 2016 – 4 games, 0 wins, 0 draws, 4 defeats, 0.00 win %
  • Shrewsbury Town (caretaker) – 12 November 2018 until 3 December 2018 – 6 games, 5 wins, 0 draws, 1 defeat, 83.33 win %
  • Total – 10 games, 5 wins, 0 draws, 5 defeats, 50.00 win %
Sky Bet odds to takeover at Shrewsbury: 10/1

3) Steve Cotterill

Steve Cotterill managed Birmingham City but was sacked in March 2018.

The other clubs he has managed are Sligo Rovers, Cheltenham Town, Stoke City, Burnley, Notts County, Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City.



  • FA Trophy winners: 1997-98
  • Football Conference runners-up: 1997-98
  • Football Conference champions: 1998-99
  • Football League Third Division play-off winners: 2001-02


  • Football League Two champions: 2009-10


  • Football League Trophy winners: 2014-15
  • Football League One champions: 2014-15
Sky Bet odds to takeover at Shrewsbury: 8/1


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2) Nigel Adkins

Nigel Adkins has been out of a job since June 2019 after he decided against renewing his contract at Hull City, stating that his and the club’s futures were “not aligned.”

In his first full season in charge, Adkins led the club from 19th to a comfortable 13th place finish in the Championship table, winning 17 of their 46 games.

He has also managed Sheffield United, Reading, Southampton, Scunthorpe United, and Bangor City and had time with the latter club, Wigan Athletic and Tranmere Rovers as a player.


Scunthorpe United

  • League One winners: 2006–07
  • League One play-offs: 2009


  • League One runner-up: 2010–11
  • Championship runner-up: 2011–12
Sky Bet odds to takeover at Shrewsbury: 8/1


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1) Paul Hurst

Hurst guided Shrewsbury Town to the Playoff Final last May, despite starting the season as favourites for relegation, alongside the final of the Checkatrade Trophy.

He left to join Ipswich in the summer of 2018 but was sacked in October of the same year after taking them to the bottom of the Championship table.

He was then appointed by Scunthorpe United in May 2019 but was sacked in January 2020. 

  • Ilkeston Town (joint with Rob Scott) – 15 January 2009 until 14 May 2009, 29 games, 18 wins, 6 draws, 5 defeats, 62.1 win %
  • Boston United (joint with Rob Scott) – 14 May 2009 until 22 March 2011, 75 games, 45 wins, 16 draws, 14 defeats, 60.0 win %
  • Grimsby Town (joint with Rob Scott) – 23 March 2011 until 19 September 2013, 132 games, 59 wins, 38 draws, 35 defeats, 44.7 win %
  • Grimsby Town – 19 September 2013 until 24 October 2016, 182 games, 90, wins, 46 draws, 46 defeats, 49.5 win %
  • Shrewsbury Town – 24 October 2016 until 30 May 2018, 97 games, 47 wins, 23 draws, 27 defeats, 48.5 win %
  • Ipswich Town – 30 May 2018 until 25 October 2018, 15 games, 1 win, 7 draws, 7 defeats, 6.7 win %
  • Scunthorpe United – 13 May 2019 until 29 January 2020, 38 games, 12 wins, 10 draws, 16 defeats, 31.6 win %
  • Total – 568 games, 272 wins, 146 draws, 150 defeats, 47.9 win %
Sky Bet odds to takeover at Shrewsbury: 6/4

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