Steve Evans leads the way in the betting to replace Adam Murray at Mansfield Town

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 15 November 2016, 09:43

Steve Evans has emerged as the red-hot favourite to return to the dugout with managerless Mansfield Town.

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On Monday Adam Murray became the fourth victim of this season’s League Two Sack Race after the Stags gave him the boot after two years in charge, which subsequently ended his lengthy 14-year association with the Nottinghamshire outfit.

The 35-year-old had overseen just one win from his last 11 fourth-tier games, with Saturday’s 4-0 hammering at the hands of Portsmouth leaving the struggling club down in 18th, just three points above the dreaded drop zone.

Mansfield have confirmed that Under-21s head coach Mike Whitlow (10/1) and youth team manager John Dempster (16/1) will be placed in temporary charge of the first team while they hunt for a new gaffer.

At this early stage it’s Evans who has been installed as the short-priced 1/8 (Sky Bet) frontrunner to replace Murray at Field Mill.

Since leaving Leeds in the summer Evans has been linked with a plethora of clubs, including former club Rotherham, but for whatever reason he’s yet to return to management, although this could change if the Stags betting is to be believed.

Other names in the mix include Dave Penney, the MK Dons linked Steve Cotterill and Forest Green Rovers gaffer Mark Cooper.

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