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Who will be the next manager of Inverness Caledonian Thistle?


By Will Clark

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Who will be the next manager of Inverness Caledonian Thistle?

Billy Dodds is the bookies favourite to be the next Caley Thistle manager. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Billy Dodds is the bookies favourite to be the next Caley Thistle manager. Picture: Ken Macpherson

That is the question fans are asking since it was confirmed John Robertson will leave the dugout to take up the role of sporting director.

With interim manager Neil McCann confirming he is not interested in the role on a permanent basis, we take a look at the runners and riders for the head coach position with odds given by McBookie.com

Billy Dodds

5/4 favourite

Dodds came in as coach to McCann for the second half of the campaign and was widely praised for turning the club's season around, steering Inverness comfortably away from relegation and just missing out on the play-offs.

A caretaker manager with Dundee United in 2006, Dodds has also held assistant manager positions with Dundee and Ross County for three years before being sacked in 2017.

Now a TV and radio pundit, analysts think he may be odds on to return to the dugout as a manager in his own right.

Barry Robson

5/1

A fans favourite at Inverness during his time at the club between 1997 and 2003, Barry Robson went on to an impressive playing career with Dundee United, Celtic, Sheffield United, Middlesbrough and Aberdeen as well as 17 caps with Scotland.

Currently a coach with Aberdeen, it is thought he could be tempted with his move into management at the Caledonian Stadium.

Paul Sheerin

6/1

Widely tipped to become Caley Thistle manager after Richie Foran was sacked in 2017, Sheerin is thought to be among the frontrunners again.

Became interim manager at Aberdeen after Derek McInnes left the club this season and before Stephen Glass took up the role permanently, could he be tempted to take the hotseat at the Caledonian Stadium?

Stewart Petrie

7/1

A dark horse to be appointed as manager? The Montrose boss led the Gable Endies to fourth place in League One and the Championship play-offs edging Falkirk to the final spot on the final day of the season.

Despite losing the play-off semi final to Greenock Morton in extra time, Petrie was praised for the strong showing from the Angus outfit this season.

The former Forfar Athletic, Dunfermline Athletic and Ross County winger/striker may fancy making the step up in management from League One to the Championship.

Stuart Kettlewell

8/1

A former Ross County manager in charge of Inverness Caledonian Thistle? It wouldn't be the first time someone has taken charge of both clubs.

Former Caley Thistle manager John Hughes replaced Kettlewell in December after he was sacked after a poor run of form.

Kettlewell has since relocated from the Highlands and is also reported to be in the running for the Falkirk job.

It is unlikely that he will be considered for the vacancy. But having led Ross County to winning the 2016/17 SPFL Development League, he might meet Caley Thistle's requirements of bringing through youth players into the first team.

David Robertson

10/1

Now famous for his role with Indian club Real Kashmir which has become the subject of a television documentary, could the former Rangers and Aberdeen defender be tempted to come back to Scotland?

Formerly boss of Elgin City and Montrose as well as Phoenix FC in the United States, could be seen as more of a box office signing that captures people's attention rather than his coaching capabilities. But the Caledonian Stadium could be a venue where Robertson might fancy proving himself as a coach.

Michael Beale

10/1

Currently first team coach at Rangers, a long shot for the vacancy at Inverness.

With the success at Ibrox and potentially being part of Champions League football next season, it is not thought likely he will leave Steven Gerrard to go elsewhere.

Would a move to a Championship club tempt him to make the move?


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