Alan CurbishleyIt’s looking more and more likely that Leeds United will miss out on Nigel Adkins as the former Saints manager tries his luck at Reading, leaving the Whites options somewhat limited.

It’s unlikely that Gus Poyet would leave Brighton while Paolo Di Canio would be too unpredictable (albeit, highly entertaining). That leaves a list of contenders who range from the inexperienced to the thoroughly underwhelming, managers unlikely to inspire the necessary belief that 2013/14 will be our year.

So what about the names not being mentioned? Surely there’s a few managers out there with the necessary credentials and experience? Well, I managed to come up with three. Let me know your thoughts and alternatives at the bottom.

Gary Megson 

Bizarrely sacked by Sheffield Wednesday in February 2012 with the Owls sitting 3rd in League One and having just beaten Steel City rivals Sheffield United in a crucial derby match, Gary Megson has been out of work ever since.

At just 48 years old, Megson has already taken charge of 648 games, with his most successful spell coming as manager of West Brom, a club he twice guided to Premier League promotion.

Paul Jewell

Paul Jewell burst onto the scene during the 1998-99 season when he guided Bradford City to the Premier League.

Another vastly experienced 48 year old who has been out of work since 2012. Jewell’s most successful spell as manager came at Wigan Athletic where he masterminded their promotion from League One to the Premier League during a 6 year spell which culminated in the 2006 League Cup final defeat to Manchester United.

Alan Curbishley 

Once upon a time, Alan “Curbs” Curbishley was considered a candidate for every vacant managers position in England but after a bitter parting of ways with West Ham United in 2008, Curbishley hasn’t taken control of a club since.

15 years at Charlton Athletic followed by 2 years with West Ham, Curbishley has almost 800 games under his belt many of which came in the top flight of English football. Curbs also has experience at getting teams promoted, winning the play-offs with Charlton in 1998 and automatic promotion in 2000.