Cowley and McClaren the early favourites for Town job with Blues old boys Mowbray and McGreal on bookies’ lists

Steve McClaren and Danny Cowley are among the early favourites to replace Mick McCarthy. PA/Archant

Steve McClaren and Danny Cowley are among the early favourites to replace Mick McCarthy. PA/Archant - Credit: Archant

Lincoln manager Danny Cowley and former England boss Steve McClaren are the early favourites to replace Mick McCarthy as manager of Ipswich Town.

Mick McCarthy and Danny Cowley shake hands after the FA Cup third round meeting between Ipswich and

Mick McCarthy and Danny Cowley shake hands after the FA Cup third round meeting between Ipswich and Lincoln at Portman Road in 2017. Lincoln won the replay 1-0. Picture: Steve Waller

It was announced today that McCarthy will be leaving Portman Road at the end of the current season, after five-and-a-half years in charge after replacing Paul Jewell in 2012.

Bookmakers are already beginning to assemble lists of likely candidates, with Cowley and McClaren the early favourites.

McClaren, who was linked with the Blues at the weekend, started as the 2/1 favourite with Skybet with Cowley soon taking his place at the top with the same odds.

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Colchester United head coach John McGreal is also on the list. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHEN

Colchester United head coach John McGreal is also on the list. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

The former Braintree boss, whose Lincoln side knocked Ipswich out of the FA Cup last season, is currently bidding for back-to-back promotions with the Imps, who sit a place and two points outside the League Two play-offs.


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Other names on the early list is former Nottingham Forest boss Mark Warburton (9/1), Maurice Steijn of Dutch side VVV Venlo (11/1), former Tottenham and Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood (18/1) and recently departed Reading manager Jaap Stam (20/1).

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There are plenty of managers with Ipswich connections on the bookies’ list, including Shefki Kuqi (5/1) Blackburn’s Tony Mowbray (8/1) and John McGreal of Colchester priced at 10/1, Former Blues boss George Burley is at 25/1 with Terry Butcher and Jim Magilton both at 33/1.

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray is one of the early favourites to replace Mick McCarthy.

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray is one of the early favourites to replace Mick McCarthy. - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

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Odds are correct at the time of writing.

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