Next Luton Town Manager Odds: Mick Harford now favourite

Next Luton Town Manager Odds: Mick Harford now favourite

Next Luton Town Manager Odds: Mick Harford now favourite

Leaving the club a week into January, Nathan Jones left a mammoth task to the next Luton Town manager, who would need to come in and assure instant stability as they attempt to push for a second successive promotion. It looks like keeping consistent is the club’s primary aim more than anything, which is why the current next Luton Town manager odds indicate that the job is in the hands of caretaker boss Mick Harford into the foreseeable future. He took over straight after Nathan Jones shockingly swapped Bedfordshire for Staffordshire, but the odds on the next Luton manager have fluctuated massively over the last two weeks since he left the position vacant.

One of the most confusing instances with Luton Town’s hunt for a new manager came ten days after Nathan Jones left, where former Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom’s odds dropped on becoming the club’s new manager, going as low as 1/2 with some bookmakers. It took four days for the bookmaker odds to change once again, seeing every website providing a price at EVENS or above, where fans of the club have been able to rule out last season’s Leeds United manager as a likely candidate. He now stands at odds as high as 33/1 with BetVictor and a price of 25/1 elsewhere, with Mick Harford doing more than enough to take on the job himself ahead of all other previous candidates.

If you’re looking to bet on Mick Harford, BetVictor are offering the best price with odds of 4/6 for him to move from Luton Town caretaker boss to permanent manager. It only moved below evens on Tuesday, where some bookmakers even became so sure of the move that they’d only provide a 1/3 price. Last Thursday saw an eventful day for SkyBet, who started the day off with a price as high as 20/1 for Mick Harford to become permanent Luton Town manager, before dropping price several times and resulting the day with a 7/2 price. This inevitably decreased until now, with Luton’s decisive victory over Portsmouth, altering the odds from 11/10 before kick-off, to 1/3 after the match had resulted. Battling Portsmouth said a lot about Luton Town with Mick Harford in charge – Luton now top and Portsmouth in second place – as The Hatters push on to clinch a second successive promotion, this time reaching the Championship.

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Former Leeds United and Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom was clear favourite to take the Luton job two weeks ago, but he’s now not even in contention.

Starting his coaching career as Nottingham Forest caretaker manager in 2004, Mick Harford went on to coach Rotherham United before stepping back into a caretaker role at Queens Park Rangers. It was at this point where he tried his hand with Luton Town, impressively winning the 2009 EFL Trophy, but parting company just six months later after a thirty-point deduction for irregularities with funding behind the scenes saw the club relegated to the league below. Returning to Queens Park Rangers, Mick Harford showed consistency at Loftus Road before returning to Kenilworth Road for his fourth stint in both his player and managerial career.

Other candidates that rank highly among the current Luton Town manager odds include Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson at 5/1, Bury manager Ryan Lowe at 5/1, Luton Town youth coach Inigo Idiakez at 14/1, and former Hibernian, Bolton Wanderers, and Celtic manager Neil Lennon ant 18/1. Since Nathan Jones left the club, he’s won one and lost three of his first four games in charge of Stoke City, while Mick Harford has won three and drawn one of five games in charge of Luton, winning their last three in the league, showing the same types of high-scoring performances that The Hatters are used to, and proving that he can continue the exciting project left to him by Nathan Jones.