Manchester United great Michael Carrick favourite to take first managerial job

Michael Carrick, a former Manchester United midfielder and caretaker manager, has been positioned as the odds-on favourite to take over as the new manager of Swindon Town in League Two.

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The Robins are looking for a new manager after Ben Garner was selected as Charlton Athletic’s new manager last week. The Robins nearly missed out on promotion this season, losing in the play-offs to Port Vale at the semi-final round. The 42-year-old was only in command at the County Ground for one season, but he left an indelible mark.

Swindon, who finished sixth in League Two, received a lot of praise for their offensive style of play under Garner, which was fluid and appealing to the eye. His departure has dashed their aspirations of building on this season’s near-miss and beginning another promotion push under his guidance next season.

Former United midfielder Carrick, on the other hand, has been tipped to take over in Wiltshire. Since leaving Old Trafford in December, the 40-year-old has been out of football.

Carrick took over as caretaker manager after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was fired, overseeing victories over Villarreal and Arsenal, as well as a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. He announced his departure before Ralf Rangnick took over as temporary manager, ending a 15-year affiliation with the club.

The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, who has subsequently returned to Old Trafford to watch United, has been connected with a number of permanent management positions in recent months, notably Blackburn Rovers’ empty role in the Championship.

Carrick, on the other hand, is expected to return to the dugout in the near future, either as a manager or a coach. Nonetheless, he is the current favorite to take over at the County Ground, according to BetVictor, with odds reduced to 1/2.

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder and caretaker manager Ryan Mason, as well as former Swindon player Paul Caddis, join Carrick on the current betting shortlist. Carrick, on the other hand, is the clear favorite right now.

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