Fleetwood Town are sitting tenth in the League One table and owner Andy Pilley is now looking for someone to help the Cod Army challenge for promotion to the Championship this season, with Joey Barton having recently left the club.
There are likely to be a large number of applicants for the vacant position and Pilley is compiling a shortlist of managers who could potentially follow successfully in the footsteps of Barton and help elevate the club even higher in the table.
Will Tim Cahill Be the Surprise Appointment at Highbury?
William Hill have a Next Fleetwood Manager betting market and it’s a surprise to see Tim Cahill among the latest favourites, with Hills going 5/2 that the Australian takes charge at Highbury Stadium, continuing the trend for high-profile managers at a club who has only been a Football League entity for a small part of its history.
Cahill has little to no managerial experience but that hasn’t ex-players in a similar position from landing coaching positions such as this one and his odds would suggest that he has applied for the post and will probably be interviewed as a result.
Who Else is on the Fleetwood Town Manager Shortlist?
While Tim Cahill is a well-known name in the football world, the same can’t be said about Simon Wiles who has been appointed the interim manager of the Cod Army following the departure of Barton, with the former now getting the chance to demonstrate his ability.
Wiles was previously Youth Team Coach and it would be a big jump up for him to secure the position on a permanent basis. He will now begin the task of trying to earn the sort of results that could see him get the job permanently.
Could Beech Switch Carlisle for Fleetwood?
Chris Beech is noticeably doing an excellent job at Carlisle United and the former Rochdale assistant manager could have his head turned by the vacant position at nearby Fleetwood, with Beech having completely transformed the fortunes of the Cumbrian side who currently sit top of League Two.
Michael Duff is next on the shortlist followed by Simon Grayson and Danny Cowley, with the latter having been out of work since leaving Huddersfield Town last season and perhaps this is the role which could interest him to take charge at a football club again.