New names appear in bookmakers’ Rovers list

Harry Kewell
Harry Kewell

Several new names - some from left field - have appeared in the betting market for the next Rovers manager following last week’s deadline for applications.

Rovers confirmed on Monday they would begin shortlisting candidates for the role ‘over the next few days’ after the application period closed last Friday.

Gareth Ainsworth, Rene Meulensteen, Jackie McNamara and Harry Kewell have this week moved up the bookies’ compiled list of possible replacements for Paul Dickov.

Wycombe Wanderers boss Ainsworth (16/1) is the tenth longest-serving manager in England’s top four divisions.

He guided them to the League Two play-off final last season, where they lost to Southend United on penalties. On Tuesday night Wanderers went top of League Two with victory over Cambridge.

Former Manchester United assistant boss Meulensteen’s (20/1) last management job was a three-month stint in charge of Fulham in 2013/14. The Dutchman’s son, Melle, recently played against Rovers’ U21s for Preston.

McNamara (20/1), a former Scotland internaional, is out of work after being sacked by Dundee United earlier this week.

Former Leeds United winger Kewell (33/1), one of the more eyebrow-raising names, was appointed as Watford U21s boss in July.