Who’s bookies fancy to replace Ben Garner at Colchester United…

Matty Etherington is firm favourite to be permanent U’s boss…

MATTY Etherington is firm favourite to be appointed as Colchester United’s new head coach on a permanent basis, according to the bookies.

The U’s under-21 boss, who spent time in charge of fellow League Two side Crawley Town last season, is now 1/3 with BetVictor to take charge, as board members discuss the plans to be put in place ‘for both the immediate period with games on Tuesday and Saturday, and further into the future’.

Former Gillingham and Millwall boss Neil Harris, who was born in Essex and attended Brentwood School, is 6/1 with BetVictor to take over at the JobServe Community Stadium following Garner’s dismissal on Saturday night.

Harris, 46, was dismissed by Gillingham earlier this month with the Kent club sitting four points off the top of League Two, bringing the curtain down on his 20-month spell at Priestfield Stadium.

Steve Cotterill is currently 8/1 with BetVictor to take charge.

The former Cheltenham Town boss was most recently in charge at League One side Shrewsbury Town before leaving in June, after two and a half years in charge.

Cotterill is a vastly experienced boss, having started out in football management back in 1997, with Cheltenham Town.

Since then, he has managed the likes of Bristol City, Burnley and Nottingham Forest.

Steve Morison is next in line in the bookies’ odds at 12/1.

The 40-year-old former Norwich City and Stevenage striker is currently managing at Essex non-league side AFC Hornchurch, having previously been in charge of Cardiff City.

David Artell is 14/1 while former MK Dons and Oxford United manager Karl Robinson, who most recently assisted Sam Allardyce at Leeds United last season and is currently without a club, is 16/1 with BetVictor as is ex-Colchester goalkeeper Andy Woodman, who has impressed as manager of National League side, Bromley.

Options at 16/1 are Nathan Jones, who most recently was in charge of Southampton in the Premier League and won promotion from League Two with Luton Town, along with Boreham Wood manager Luke Garrard and ex-U’s head coach John McGreal, who is currently manager of Ipswich Town’s under-21s.

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