The odds for Nigel Adkins to take over from Leonid Slutsky as Hull City head coach had shortened, according to the Hull Daily Mail.
Slutsky departed the KCOM Stadium by mutual consent following a run of disappointing form which saw seven straight games without victory.
The Russian’s tenure at Hull was brought to an end following just four wins in twenty-one competitive matches, leaving the Tigers balancing precariously low down the Sky Bet Championship table.
Having been spotted at a number of the Tigers’ recent matches, former Sheffield United and Southampton manager Nigel Adkins has emerged as the bookmakers’ favourite to take over from Slutsky, with odds of 2/5 at SkyBet and Bet Victor to take the reins in East Yorkshire.
The 52-year-old is understood to be good friends with City’s club secretary David Beeby, who he knows from his spell as Scunthorpe United Manager, and was reportedly one of the candidates to take the job earlier in the summer.
However another candidate has emerged for the vacant position, with former West Bromwich Albion assistant manager Gary Megson taking odds of 9/4 to be appointed.
Megson took over at West Bromwich Albion on a caretaker basis for two matches following the sacking of Tony Pulis but the 58-year-old proves an experienced option having managed Nottingham Forest, Leicester City and Bolton Wanderers during his managerial career.
Pulis has odds of 10/1 – becoming the third favourite to take the role – while Paul Lambert is sitting at 14/1 after being one of the early favourites.
Other potential candidates include ex-Hull City boss Phil Brown (14/1), Aitor Karanka and Uwe Rosler (both at 16/1), Simon Grayson (20/1) and Dean Windass (50/1).