Next Millwall manager: Ex-QPR, Birmingham City & Leeds United men lead race to replace Gary Rowett

The leading contenders to replace Gary Rowett at Millwall
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Championship side Millwall are currently searching for a new manager to replace Gary Rowett who agreed to leave the club by mutual consent after four years in the dugout. Rowett is credited with leading the Lions to top-half finishes in each of his seasons in charge but was unable to hit the target of reaching the play-offs after a huge loss in form at the end of last season.

The London side are currently on a five-game winless streak in the league with temporary coach Adam Barrett overseeing a 1-1 draw with Preston North End on Saturday.

The Millwall board are actively on the hunt for a manager that can revitalise the club’s season and push them up the table. But who is the favourite to take on the Millwall job? Here we take a look at the latest favourites according to the bookmakers.

Next Millwall manager odds

Kevin Muscat: 2/1

Kevin Musct has enjoyed a successful managerial career in Asia but has recently been linked with a number of jobs in the UK. (Getty Images0Kevin Musct has enjoyed a successful managerial career in Asia but has recently been linked with a number of jobs in the UK. (Getty Images0
Kevin Musct has enjoyed a successful managerial career in Asia but has recently been linked with a number of jobs in the UK. (Getty Images0

The leading candidate to take on the vacant Millwall manager’s job is a familiar face to fans in Kevin Muscat. The Australian international was a fan favourite during his time as a player and most notably captained the club to their first ever FA Cup final in 2004.

Muscat was regarded as a tough tackling midfielder during his playing days and has since forged a successful career as a manager in both Australia and Japan. The 50-year-old worked closely with Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou during his time in Asia and is renowned for also playing attacking football. He has a wealth of Championship experience as a player but has never previously managed in England.

John Eustace: 7/2

John Eustace was sacked from his role as Birmingham boss earlier this season. (Getty Images)John Eustace was sacked from his role as Birmingham boss earlier this season. (Getty Images)
John Eustace was sacked from his role as Birmingham boss earlier this season. (Getty Images)

Ex-Birmingham City boss John Eustace has been linked with a swift return to Championship football after his departure from the West Midlands.

The 43-year-old is credited with leading the Blues to safety last season during times of great financial uncertainty. However, the new owners of the club opted for a change of direction and sacked Eustace earlier this month - despite the club being 6th in the table at the time.

Michael Beale: 4/1

Michael Beale was sacked as Rangers coach earlier this season. (Getty Images)Michael Beale was sacked as Rangers coach earlier this season. (Getty Images)
Michael Beale was sacked as Rangers coach earlier this season. (Getty Images)

Former Rangers boss Michael Beale is another name who has been linked with a quick return to football management. Beale rose to prominence after successful coaching spells alongside Steven Gerrard at both Rangers and Aston Villa.

He was given his first managerial gig at QPR in June 2022 and enjoyed initial success by surprisingly leading the club to top spot in the Championship at the start of the campaign. In November 2022 he left West London to return to Rangers as manager. Beale missed out on silverware last season and was sacked in October after a run of three defeats from his side’s opening seven league games.

Nathan Jones: 4/1

Nathan Jones is the shortest serving manager in Southampton history. (Getty Images)Nathan Jones is the shortest serving manager in Southampton history. (Getty Images)
Nathan Jones is the shortest serving manager in Southampton history. (Getty Images)

Nathan Jones is reportedly keen to make a return to football management for the first time since his unsuccessful three month stint at Southampton. Jones struggled to find his feet in the Premier League and was sacked after a run of just one win from eight league matches, thus becoming Southampton’s shortest serving manager.

Prior to his time at the Saints, Jones was credited with two successful spells at Luton Town and notably won promotion from League Two during the 2017/18 season. He also won the EFL Championship Manager of the Year award in 2021/22 after leading Luton to a sixth place finish.

Neil Warnock: 5/1

Neil Warnock is one of the cotnenders to take on the role at Millwall. (Getty Images)Neil Warnock is one of the cotnenders to take on the role at Millwall. (Getty Images)
Neil Warnock is one of the cotnenders to take on the role at Millwall. (Getty Images)

Neil Warnock holds the record for the most promotions in English football and has overseen eight promotions with 16 different clubs. The ex-Sheffield United boss has a wealth of Championship experience at 74-years of age and remains open to a return to management.

His most recent stint in management saw him lead Huddersfield to an unlikely great escape from relegation at the end of last season.