Ex-West Ham and Newcastle ace among League 2 managers on the rise

Kevin Nolan manager of Notts County looks on during the Sky Bet League Two match between Notts County and Accrington Stanley at Meadow Lane on August 25, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

Cambridge, Exeter and Notts County bosses among the managers Championship clubs like Birmingham should perhaps look to appoint.

Harry Redknapp, Manager of Birmingham City during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Birmingham City and AFC Bournemouth at St Andrews Stadium on August 22, 2017 in Birmingham,...Harry Redknapp during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Birmingham City and AFC Bournemouth.

Birmingham City are yet to appoint a permanent replacement following the sacking of Harry Redknapp, while pressure is building on Simon Grayson as Sunderland continue to struggle.

Yet when Championship clubs are looking to appoint a new manager they rarely seem to dip into the lower leagues to find the most exciting new prospects.

Generally the same old names get linked with the vacant position, but here are three League Two bosses that perhaps the likes of Birmingham or the Black Cats should take a closer look at.

Cambridge United manager Shaun Derry looks on during the Checkatrade Trophy match between Northampton Town and Cambridge United at Sixfields on August 29, 2017 in Northampton, England.Cambridge United manager Shaun Derry looks on during the Checkatrade Trophy match against Northampton Town.

Shaun Derry

The former midfielder played the majority of his playing time in the second tier of English football - bar a few seasons in the Premier League - so knows the division well.

Derry started his managerial career at Notts County, who he kept up against the odds in 2013/14 and was perhaps harshly sacked less than a year later when they were just outside the relegation zone, with the Magpies eventually going down that year.

Now at Cambridge United the 39-year-old has guided the U's to two top half finishes and is looking to finally break into the playoffs in 2017/18.

Kevin Nolan manager of Notts County looks on during the Sky Bet League Two match between Notts County and Accrington Stanley at Meadow Lane on August 25, 2017 in Nottingham, England.Kevin Nolan, manager of Notts County, looks on during the Sky Bet League Two match against Accrington Stanley.

Kevin Nolan

A familiar face to fans of the top flight having played there for 16 years with Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United and West Ham United, Nolan is now player-manager at Notts.

Their 3-0 victory at Exeter City on Tuesday (September 26) moved them to top of the division as the 35-year-old continues to impress at Meadow Lane after a difficult introduction to management at doomed Leyton Orient last campaign.

Paul Tisdale

Generally known as a snappy dresser and the second longest serving boss in English football behind Arsene Wenger as he enters his 12th year at Exeter, his achievements on the pitch are sometimes overlooked.

After taking the Grecians out of non-league in 2008, Tisdale earned promotion again the following year and guided the Devon side to their highest ever finish of eighth in League One in 2011. Last year they reached the playoff final and are currently second this time around.

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