Brian McDermott has emerged as a surprise contender for the vacant Morecambe job.

The Shrimps are in the hunt for a new manager to replace Jim Bentley, who left them earlier this week for National League side AFC Fylde.

Long-serving playing duo Barry Roche and Kevin Ellison are currently in caretaker charge and won their first game at the helm yesterday with a 1-0 win over Leyton Orient.

They have boosted their respective chances of bagging the full-time role, however, other names such as Dave Challinor, Terry McPhillips and Stewart Drummond are also in the running.

McDermott is now a new name to enter the race and is the joint-second favourite for the job on SkyBet at 4/1.

The 58-year-old’s last managerial role came at Reading and he has been out of the dug out since May 2016.

He had spells at Arsenal, Oxford United, Cardiff City and Yeovil Town as a midfielder in his playing days and started his coaching career in non-league with Slough Town and Woking.

McDermott joined Reading as chief scout in 2000 and later became their manager in 2010. He got the Royals promoted to the Premier League in 2012 before departing a year later.

He was appointed Leeds United manager in April 2013 and stayed at Elland Road for 2013/14 season in which they finished 15th in the Championship.

McDermott has since returned to Reading as manager and had a spell as a scout at Arsenal. Is he a genuine contender for Morecambe now or will the League Two side opt for Roche or Ellison?