Gary McAllister, David Flitcroft and Alan Smith battling it out in the Next Notts County Manager Market

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 06 January 2017, 10:54

Notts County became the first Football League club to sack their manager in 2017 after they sent John Sheridan packing just two days into the New Year.

It’s understood that County are keen to make an appointment next week ahead of their clash at home to Mansfield Town, with that incoming incumbent their seventh in four years.

In the aftermath of Sheridan’s exit the struggling League Two outfit, 22nd, handed player Alan Smith the caretaker job, with the former Man Utd and England man subsequently emerging as the odds-on favourite in the betting.

However, today (Friday) Smith has drifted out to 5/1, while Gary McAllister and David Flitcroft have both leapt above him in the betting (both 2/1).

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Smith will be in the dugout for Saturday’s league fixture at Morecambe, and he can perhaps boost his chances of bagging the permanent post with a victory, although the odds are stacked against the 36-year-old, with Notts currently on a nine game losing streak.

Meanwhile, McAllister is a surprise link considering that he hasn’t been seen in the managerial arena since 2008 (a brief spell in charge of Leeds), while Flitcroft lost his job at Bury in November following an 11 game winless run in all competitions.

Lincoln City boss Danny Cowley, who is under contract until May 2018, is also in the mix, although further back in the market at 12/1. Cowley is winning plaudits because of his side’s position at the summit of the National League, and the Nottingham Post are reporting that the Imps have rejected an approach for their boss.

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