Mansfield Town are searching for a new manager after sacking Graham Coughlan following a winless start to the 2020/21 campaign after nine games. Coughlan would lose 14 games and win just four in his time with the Stags and now, to avoid a long season fighting for survival in the Football League, the League Two outfit are in desperate need for a manager to pick them up.
The former favourite for the job was Paul Heckingbottom, who was most recently manager at Hibernian. ‘Hecky’ is known for his work in his first managerial role, where he guided Barnsley to promotion to the Championship in 2016 as caretaker manager as well as winning the EFL Trophy, which earnt him the job on a permanent basis.
Heckingbottom then led the Tykes to 9th in the table before moving to Yorkshire rivals Leeds United in February 2018 but was sacked after just four months as Leeds finished 13th.
The Englishman seems a good appointment for Mansfield, with proven success in the Football League and a history of developing youngsters such as Josh Brownhill, Ivan Toney and Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
‘Hecky’ has moved from the 11/8 favourite to the 18/1 outsider.