Norwich Manager Odds: Cuesta 5/4 favourite after Wagner sacked

Carlos Cuesta has been made the early favourite to take over at Norwich after David Wagner was sacked in the wake of the humiliating play-off semi-final defeat to Leeds on Thursday.

Wagner’s side put in a meek display at Elland Road and eventually went down 4-0 in the second leg to seal his fate having proved to be an unpopular manager throughout his time at Carrow Road and only narrowly avoiding the sack earlier in the season.

With Wagner sacked almost immediately after the game, Arsenal assistant manager Cuesta was installed as the favourite the succeed the American despite his tender age of just 28, having been number two to Mikel Arteta for the past four years.


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Here is a look at the other contenders for the Norwich manager’s role.

Next Norwich Manager Latest Odds

  • Carlos Cuesta - 5/4
  • Will Still - 2/1
  • Liam Rosenior - 6/1
  • Steve Cooper - 8/1
  • Wayne Rooney - 12/1

*Odds with BetVictor and correct as of 12pm Friday 17th May 2024

Leading Contenders to be the Next Norwich Manager

Carlos Cuesta

Cuesta is likely to be an unfamiliar name with a lot of supporters, but he has actually been quite prominent in English football in recent years having stood as number two to Mikel Arteta since 2020.

Arsenal have undoubtedly gone from strength to strength in that time and developed into a very strong side, and considering Arteta’s route to Arsenal, having previous been number two at Manchester City, there is something familiar in the arc of Cuesta’s career and it would be no surprise to see him go a similar way.

Likewise, Enzo Maresca’s made the jump from backroom staff to Leicester manager this season and proved he was up to the task, so we could start seeing more Championship clubs look at number twos for their main job. There is not a lot we can tell you about Cuesta, but if given the job he would be the youngest ever manager in British football at 28.

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Will Still

Still is undoubtedly going to be a manager in demand this summer, with plenty of clubs keen to check out whether he is the real deal or not considering the impact he had when initially taking over at Reims.

Though he was initially brought in as a caretaker manager he was undefeated in his first five games, thus earning the full-time role. That run stretched into 18 matches before his first defeat and an 11th-placed finish, which they are on course to match this season.

He went viral after it emerged the club were having to pay a fine for each game he managed while he didn’t have the correct licences required of a Ligue 1 manager, but quickly showed he was more than qualified for the job on a full-time basis.

Joining a club who aspires to be in the play-offs and pushing for a Premier League return would appeal to him should he see his long-term future beyond the Championship.

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Will Still to be next Hull manager

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Liam Rosenior

Rosenior is sure to be a man in demand this summer after his surprise sacking by Hull, days after guiding them to seventh in the Championship having overachieved and even being nominated for Manager of the Year.

The former defender will turn 40 this summer and remains a promising young British coach who is well-respected in the game, and should be seen as an attractive prospect to Norwich fans and owners.

The Canaries narrowly beat off Hull’s advances to book their own play-off spot, but they will be well aware of the job Rosenior did at Hull. As a promising young coach he should be a popular appointment with any set of fans, and with a new sporting director in place it remains to be seen what sort of profile they are looking for.

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Steve Cooper

Cooper has been out of work since leaving Nottingham Forest in December, but his stock remains very high and he will be another manager very high up on the shortlist of a lot of club chairs in the coming months.

He did miraculous work with Forest first in getting them promoted totally against all expectation, before keeping them up, dealing with a total overhaul of the squad and managing an eccentric owner, and despite failing results towards the end of his time he retained the support of the Forest crowd.

His style of football is not perceived to be the most exciting or attractive to watch, but his coaching and man management means he is very highly rated and he would expect to pick up a job with one of next season’s play-off contenders, unless he waits for a lower-half Premier League job during next season. It would be no surprise to see his odds shorten.

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