Scunthorpe United FC next manager odds
Scunthorpe United FC next manager after Neil Cox
Who is Scunthorpe's manager?
Neil Cox was born in Scunthorpe on the 8th October 1971. He supported Scunthorpe as a child and joined the club’s youth setup from an early age, being able to train with the 1st team at only 13 years old. He made 17 appearances aged 19 with Scunthorpe, before attracting lots of interest from multiple premiership teams, and then moving to Aston Villa in 1991 for £400,000. Cox had just 3 years with Villa, assembling 40 appearances, one of them coming in a league cup final victory against Manchester United.
In 1994, Neil Cox became Middlesbrough’s record transfer signing with a deal worth £1 million. This was a move to a club where Cox had idolised their manager, Bryan Robson, as a young boy. In the 1st season, he helped Middlesbrough secure promotion to the Premier League and was names in the First Division Team of the Year. After a few successful seasons with Middlesbrough, his time there ended bitterly. Prior to the FA Cup final in 1997, Cox fell out and argued with teammate Fabricio Ravanelli, accusing the forward that he had not kept fit enough to play, which led to Cox being dropped out of the team as they lost 2-0 to Chelsea. This became one of his greatest regrets as he never again had the chance to play in the final of this competition. This was not the only disappointment Middlesbrough’s season, as they also lost in a League cup final and were also relegated from the Premier League.
At the end of the disastrous season, Cox then left to join Bolton Wanderers for £1.2m where he appeared over 80 times in a two year spell with the club. In November of 1999, he left the Wanderers to join Premier League side Watford, following Bolton’s relegation to Division 1 the season before. This forced Bolton to sell him for only £500,000 because they needed to sell to afford financial stability. This was not a healthy stint at Watford for some part of it because Cox quite often fell out of favour with the managers, however, Cox did still manage to play well over 200 games. After 6 years he was released and so joined Cardiff for a single season where he was a regular starter throughout. At 34 years of age, he proceeded to finish his career at Crewe.
After taking a few years away from football, he re-joined the game as the manager of Leek Town, however, with a win percentage of just 32% and citing “personal reasons”, he resigned as manager just 5 months into the job. Just 2 years later, he partnered up with Neil Ardley, a friend and teammate for over 20 years, to be his assistant at AFC Wimbledon and after a steady couple of seasons in the bottom half of the table, they were promoted to League One in the 2015-16, a grand job by Neal Ardley and Neil Cox. In the next couple of seasons, they survived well, however on the 23rd of November 2018, Ardley was appointed as Notts County manager, followed by Cox as the assistant manager. The pair couldn’t keep Notts County in the football league, as they were relegated. Luckily, things at the club had improved during their time and so the board had kept both on.
In the 2019/20 season, Notts County finished 3rd in the National League and a few months later, on the 7th August 2020, Neil Cox was appointed as Scunthorpe United boss. This, although leaving good friend and comrade Ardley at Notts County, was an easy decision as Scunthorpe is his boyhood club. Cox said, “It was the easiest decision I’ve ever made” and I am sure Cox will be as determined as ever to get his beloved Irons out of the bad situation they’re in. Scunthorpe after relegation from League One in 2018, followed by a 20th place finish in their 2019-20 League Two campaign are in a sticky patch, but with the added fuel to fire of a manager who loves the club, this could be their chance to once more fight for promotion.