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Billy Davies is the red-hot favourite to be the new Nottingham Forest manager

by Josh Powell | February 5, 2013
All the money has come for Billy Davies to take over at Nottingham Forest. He's probably happier than he looks...

Billy Davies is the favourite to take over at Nottingham Forest. He’s probably happier than he looks…

By Josh Powell | Sports Writer

Nottingham Forest are looking for their sixth manager in 18 months after Alex McLeish left the club today by mutual consent. The Scot lasted just 40 days as Forest’s gaffer and recorded a pretty dismal record of one win in seven games. Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Birmingham leaves Forest 10th in the Championship, six points off the play-off places.

So who will be brave enough to step up and take the job at The City Ground? Steve McClaren, Rob Kelly, Steve Cotterill and Sean O’Driscoll all had a go in the hot-seat before McLeish took the job in December last year, but none of them were able to last more than a season in charge. The Kuwaiti owners of Forest aren’t afraid to give the gaffer the chop and are now searching for their fourth manager since they took over in July 2012.

Billy Davies guided the club to two successive play-off places in 2009 and 2010 but was given the boot after failing to get Forest to the top flight. Punters think he might be after a second bite of the cherry and he is 1/6 from 16/1 to be the next Forest manager after touching 5/6 yesterday afternoon.

A lot of people were shocked when Nigel Adkins got the boot from Southampton and he is 10/1 from 4/1 to come out of unemployment with Forest. The 47-year-old got Scunthorpe promoted from League One twice before guiding Saints to a double-promotion in to the top flight. If there’s one man who knows how to win the play-offs this is your man.

Elsewhere in the market Roy Keane is now 25/1 to take over at the club he started his English career at and under-pressure Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio has been backed from 14/1 to 9/1. Former Premier League gaffers Mark Hughes and Roberto Di Matteo are both 33/1 to take the reins at Forest.

It has been 33 years since Brian Clough lifted the European Cup with Forest for the second season in a row and his son Nigel Clough can be backed at 40/1 from 22/1 to take the job.

Next Nottingham Forest manager betting

Billy Davies – 9/4 2/5 1/6
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink – 25/1 11/4 9/2
Paolo Di Canio – 5/2 6/1 9/1
Nigel Adkins – 4/1 9/1 10/1
Roy Keane – 9/1 25/1
Stuart Pearce – 16/1 33/1
Roberto Di Matteo – 18/1 33/1
Mark Hughes – 18/1 33/1
Nigel Clough – 22/1 40/1

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