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3 managers Newport County must consider after Graham Coughlan exit

Newport County have parted company with Graham Coughlan, as announced by their official club website.

Newport County are in the hunt for a new manager ahead of the 2024/25 season.

Newport County, 3 managers Newport County must consider after Graham Coughlan exit
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They finished down in 18th place last term and have decided to make a change.

Their chairman Huw Jenkins has told their website: “I have total respect for Graham and found this decision particularly difficult to make considering all the hard work he has put in to help stabilise the club over the last 18 months.

“It goes without saying that I wish Graham every success in his future managerial career.

“However, moving forward I must take the club and the team in a different direction and stay true to my own beliefs which I feel over time will bring sustained success to Newport County and hopefully change the club’s outlook for many years ahead.’’

Here is a look at three candidates they should consider to replace him:

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Newport County, 3 managers Newport County must consider after Graham Coughlan exit

Who is this?

Pete Wild

He cut ties with Barrow following the end of the past campaign. The Bluebirds missed out on the play-offs on the final day.

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Wild, who is from Manchester, did a steady job in Cumbria on a tight budget and would be a decent appointment by Newport County if they were able to tempt him into a swift return to the dugout at Rodney Parade. He has also had spells at Oldham Athletic and FC Halifax Town in the past.

Newport County, 3 managers Newport County must consider after Graham Coughlan exit
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Neill Collins

Barnsley turned to the 40-year-old last summer following Michael Duff’s exit from Oakwell. He was sacked by the Tykes with just one match left of the season to play in April, despite the fact they were sat in the League One play-offs.

The Scotsman will now be weighing up his next move in the game and could see the Exiles’ opening as a chance to get back into the game. He spent his playing days as a defender for the likes of Sunderland, Leeds United and Sheffield United and started his managerial career in America with Tampa Bay Rowdies in the USL Championship.

Luke Garrard

The 38-year-old is available and could be worth a gamble by Newport County. He spent nine years at Boreham Wood before his exit from the National League outfit in April.

He guided his former team to the FA Cup fifth round back in 2022 for the first time in their history and they played against Everton at Goodison Park. The Wood also reached the play-offs twice during his time there.

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