Hull City caretaker Mike Phelan in pole position for permanent jobby Jack Kitson / 08 August 2016, 09:02Tweet
Over the weekend Mike Phelan emerged as the new favourite for the Hull City job, and now on Monday morning his odds have shortened further to just 2/5 (Sky Bet).
Hull's caretaker boss has been in the frame for the vacancy ever since Steve Bruce surprisingly quit two weeks ago, but following reports from WalesOnline that the former frontrunner Chris Coleman is no longer interested, it's Phelan who now tops the betting.
With just five days to go until the start of the season it's becoming increasingly likely that Phelan will be the man in the dugout, whether that's in a caretaker of permanent capacity is yet to be decided.
Phelan has not been interviewed for the position, but has put his name forward for what would be his first position in management, although he is one of the most experienced coaches around.
The Tigers' have endured a frustrating search for Bruce's successor, and with the clock ticking a decision needs to be made soon.
The club have been unable to talk to their No.1 target Coleman after a formal approach was rejected by the Football Association of Wales, while Martinez has since been appointed manager of the Belgium national side, whereas interest in Gianfranco Zola appears to have cooled.
One name which has sprung into contention is Bernd Schuster who is now as short as 4/1 with Bet Victor.
The former Real Madrid, who was a 33/1 shot 24 hours ago, has been out-of-work since leaving Malaga over two years ago, but is believed to be keen to test himself in England for the first time in his career.