Plymouth manager Ryan Lowe has been touted as one of the leading contenders for the managerial vacancy at Championship outfit Bristol City.
As per Plymouth Herald, the 41-year-old is the second favourite among several bookmakers to become Lee Johnson’s successor at Ashton Gate, with Chris Hughton currently believed to be in pole position for the role. Rangers boss Steven Gerrard and Newport County’s Michael Flynn are also high on the list of potential candidates with some bookmakers.
Lowe’s managerial stock has risen after winning promotion from League Two with Plymouth this year, taking the Pilgrims straight back into League One following their relegation in 2019. He has won more than half of his matches in charge at Home Park so far (24 out of 45), with an average of 1.8 points per game.
Indeed, the 41-year-old performed a similar feat at Bury last year, guiding them to an immediate return to League One before the club was expelled from the Football League last autumn for failing to provide sufficient evidence that they were able to meet its financial commitments.
Will Ryan Lowe still be Plymouth manager at the start of the new season?
Despite his successes at those two clubs, however, Lowe has never managed in the top two divisions in English football, while his record in League One shows just five wins from 22 matches – not the best audition for a job at a top-half Championship club.
In contrast to the Plymouth manager’s lack of second-tier experience, Hughton has twice been promoted from the Championship, taking Newcastle and Brighton into the Premier League over the past decade.
Bristol City may well opt for Hughton over Lowe, given the ex-Brighton manager’s track record of winning promotion from the Championship.
That would likely come as a great relief to the Plymouth faithful, with Lowe duly left to continue the excellent work he has done so far at Home Park. However, having also been linked with the Bolton job before they appointed Ian Evatt, don’t be surprised if his name is whispered among further managerial vacancies should Argyle make waves in League One next term.
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