Five potential candidates to replace Steve Evans at Mansfield Town
Mansfield Town fans have been left stunned by the resignation of their manager Steve Evans along with his assistant Paul Raynor. The club are currently sitting 5th in League Two and have a very good chance of being promoted to the third tier. Evans and Raynor are expected to be announced at League One outfit Peterborough United in the coming days. The Posh are the hometown club of Steve Evans, so it is easy to understand the attraction of going to manage there. This has left Mansfield looking for a new manager and they will not be short of options as it is an attractive club to manage.
Here are five of the potential candidates for the job:
He has recently been sacked by Southend United after they had a difficult start to their League One campaign. He is an experienced manager who is getting linked with a succession of vacant jobs. He would suit Mansfield Town as he has been promoted out of League Two before with Southend in the Play-Offs in 2015. He has previously managed Hull City and Preston North End. His spell with the Tigers was his most successful as he took them to the Premier League for the first time in their history in 2008 courtesy of a Play-Off final win over Bristol City. He then kept them in the top flight in the season after before being harshly sacked in 2010 and has never reached the same heights since.
Many Bradford City fans were left upset with the news that Stuart McCall had been sacked last month. He is now looking for another job in England and is a good option for Mansfield. He managed to take Bradford to the League One Play-Off final last season but they narrowly missed out on promotion to the Championship to Millwall. They were in the Play-Offs when they sacked him in January, which shows just how cruel football can be.
The German boss is another manager who is currently looking for another job after he recently parted company with Fleetwood Town. He has previously managed Lillestrom, Viking, Molde, Brentford, Wigan Athletic, Leeds United and of course most recently Fleetwood. Mansfield is an attractive job due to their current league position and obvious financial backing from their owners, meaning Rosler may be interested in going there as a route back into the game. On the whole, he did very good jobs at Brentford, Wigan and Fleetwood so on that merit, he deserves to get another role quite quickly.
Th40-year-old is currently in charge of League One side Bristol Rovers but the ambitious Mansfield could potentially plot a move for him. Clarke was born in Mansfield and went onto spend six years of his early career playing for them, making 160 league appearances. He then had spells at Peterborough United, Hartlepool and Salisbury City. He started his managerial career at Salisbury before moving to Bristol Rovers in 2013, initially as the assistant manager. He landed the manager's job in March 2014 and has guided the Pirates to back-to-back promotions from the National League (then called the Conference) to League One.
Formerly of Reading and Leeds United, Brian McDermott is an experienced manager who is another big name who Mansfield could consider. He has recently been linked with the vacant Oxford United job. He has been out of work since May 2016 when he was sacked by Reading. He could be a good appointment by Mansfield Town but he is the least likely to get the job out of the above candidates.