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Who do the bookies think could be the next manager of Ross County?

By Will Clark

Ross County are continuing their search for their new boss after Malky Mackay was dismissed in charge last week after two and half years as manager.

A run of nine games without a win led to the club deciding it was time for a new man to take the reins at the Global Energy Stadium in Dingwall.

Who is in the running to take charge of the Staggies and try to push them up the Premiership?

We take a look at the runners and riders with odds provided by Sportlens.

Scott Brown

Scott Brown. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Scott Brown. Picture: Ken Macpherson

The former Celtic multiple league title winning captain is believed to be among the favourites to be offered the job in Dingwall.

After leaving Celtic in 2021, he was appointed as a player/coach at Aberdeen for that season and worked as an assistant manager to Stephen Glass.

After Glass was sacked, Brown's assistant manager role was given to Lee Sharp when Jim Goodwin took charge, with Brown leaving the Dons the following month.

In May last year, he was appointed manager for English League One club Fleetwood Town and led them to 13th place in his first season in charge.

After a bad start to the 2023/24 campaign, Brown was sacked as manager on September 3.

Kevin Thomson

Kevin Thomson.
Kevin Thomson.

Kevin Thomson is also believed to be a strong contender. Thomson worked with former club Rangers as a youth coach before being appointed as manager of Kelty Hearts in May 2021, replacing Barry Ferguson, who left Kelty to become manager of Alloa Athletic.

Thomson guided Kelty to the 2021–22 Scottish League Two championship, before he resigned at the end of the season and is believed to have been out of football since.

Callum Davidson

Callum Davidson.
Callum Davidson.

Famously led St Johnstone to a League Cup and Scottish Cup in 2021, but Davidson struggled as manager with the Saints the following two seasons.

After requiring a relegation play-off final win against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the 2021/22 campaign to keep their place in the top flight, Davidson was sacked last April following another poor season.

However, his incredible success in 2021 could make him among the main contenders for the job if he is looking for a return to football management.

Ian Murray

Ian Murray.
Ian Murray.

The former Rangers, Norwich City and Hibernian player is impressing being in charge of Raith Rovers this season.

He has led the Kirkcaldy outfit to second place in the Championship and are only four points behind leaders Dundee United with a game in hand.

Previously been in charge of Dumbarton, St Mirren and Airdrieonians before taking over at Stark's Park. Could he be tempted to move to a Premiership club if offered the job?

Derek Adams

Derek Adams.
Derek Adams.

He's been manager at Ross County twice before, could he be tempted to come back for a third shot?

Previously manager of Ross County between 2007 and 2010 as well as 2011-14, inbetween being assistant manager at Hibernian.

Adams headed to England to be manager of Plymouth Argyle, Morecambe, and Bradford City before heading back to Morecambe where he is currently in charge of the League Two outfit who are in ninth place.

David Healy

David Healy being booked when Linfield played Buckie Thistle in the Trust Trophy last season. Picture: Beth Taylor.
David Healy being booked when Linfield played Buckie Thistle in the Trust Trophy last season. Picture: Beth Taylor.

An outside chance for the Ross County job? The former Northern Ireland international is currently in charge of Linfield who are top of the Northern Irish Premiership.

He has been in charge of Linfield since 2015 where he has won five league titles during his time in charge as well as two Irish Cups.

Never managed outside of Northern Ireland, his credentials might be tempting for Ross County to guide them out of trouble.

Rhys McCabe

Rhys McCabe in action for Airdrie this season.
Rhys McCabe in action for Airdrie this season.

At only 31-years-old, McCabe is already the manager of Airdrieonians and guided them out of League One with a play-off final win over Hamilton Academical last season.

Got Airdrieonians off to a decent start in the Championship, fourth place in the league and playing an attractive style of football.

Could be a long shot, but could Ross County be tempted to choose enthusiasm over experience?

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