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Next Newport County Manager Odds on David Artell, Kevin Ellison, Tony Pulis and Graham Alexander

Former Newport player Tony Pulis is 25/1 to return as manager
Former Newport player Tony Pulis is 25/1 to return as manager

Managers have been falling like flies in England’s top-four leagues with Newport County the latest club to wield the axe after they gave James Rowberry the boot on Monday night.

Rowberry was appointed this time last year following the exit of long-serving boss Michael Flynn, finishing the season in 11th after a late slump. Many expected the club to shrug off that dip and mount a promotion push this term, however a poor start has seen the Exiles take just 11 points from 13 games, leaving them 18th in the table and just three points above the drop zone.

Alongside Rowberry, assistant manager Carl Serrant has also departed Newport, with sporting director Darren Kelly placed in temporary charge of the first team.

Below, we investigate the early next Newport manager odds and look at who could be an ideal replacement for Rowberry…

David Artell’s name has been glued to every League Two market that has popped up this season, plus a couple in League One too. The former Crewe manager, who memorably led his young and talented side to promotion into League One with the third-lowest budget, now features in the newly opened Newport betting odds as the early favourite at 1/2 with BetVictor. 

Sporting director Darren Kelly has been confirmed as the man who will lead the team for their next match on Saturday against Crawley, who are also searching for a new manager. Available at 10/1 for the full-time job, Kelly has managerial experience from spells at Hyde United, FC Halifax Town, Scarborough Athletic, and briefly in League One at Oldham.

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Perhaps Newport could take a chance on the unproven Kevin Ellison (14/1), like they did with Michael Flynn and James Rowberry. 

The former Exiles player, who has his UEFA A licence, combined playing with a role in Newport’s Development squad last season, he was then rumoured to be staying on in a coaching capacity, but in the end left to continue playing in non-league at Warrington Rylands then City of Liverpool Football Club. A few months on, it will now be interesting to see if the vacancy turns his head.

Since the news of Rowberry’s exit, Ellison has taken to social media to tweet this gif - below - so take from that what you will...

The vast amount of managerial changes that have occurred this season means there are now a fair few new faces located in the Job Centre: The highly-rated young coach Liam Rosenior (16/1) is available after leaving Derby, Steve Morison (20/1) is looking for work following his spell at Cardiff, as are the likes of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (12/1) and Michael O'Neill; formerly of Burton and Stoke respectively.

After giving young managers a chance to shine in each of their last two appointments, Newport could change tack by opting for a more seasoned campaigner, especially given their struggles this season. Available managers with League Two experience include Graham Alexander (10/1), Darren Ferguson and Paul Tisdale (both 16/1), as well as Kenny Jackett, or could we see Ian Holloway return to the touchline at 25/1? Unlikely, but you never know.

Welshman Tony Pulis was born in Newport and played for the club in the 1980s. The veteran boss has yet to return to the dugout since a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it 10-game stint at Sheffield Wednesday two years ago, and is a 25/1 outsider for this one.

EFL clubs such as Barrow (Pete Wild) and Forest Green Rovers (Ian Burchnall) recruited from the National League in the summer, a division which features highly-rated managers such as Luke Garrard (Boreham Wood) and Lee Bradbury (Eastleigh).

Full odds can be found below...

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