By Alex Stevens

Steve Evans has been installed as the bookmakers’ favourite to be the new manager of Peterborough.

The odds on the Leeds boss taking over at the League One club have dramatically shortened in the last 24 hours.

Sky Bet make Evans the 7/4 favourite to replace Graham Westley, who became the third Peterborough manager to be sacked in 14 months at the weekend.

Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony wants someone with experience of winning promotion from League One to the Championship.

Evans, who was in the running to get the job ahead of Westley in September, fits the bill after steering his former club Rotherham from the third tier to the second tier of English football.

The 53-year-old could also be available within weeks, as his contract at Leeds expires in June and his job has been left hanging by a thread after owner Massimo Cellino accused him of “talking too much” and claiming he “cannot work with English managers.”

But the Scot is increasingly in demand after Leeds took 10 points from their last four matches to climb to 12th in the Championship.

The Scottish Sun report that diehard Celtic fan Evans is a “dark horse contender” for the Celtic post after Ronny Deila announced last week that he will quit at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, the Yorkshire Evening Post report that managerless Nottingham Forest have made their interest in Evans known to him already ahead of a possible swoop.

The 53-year-old achieved promotions with Rotherham and Crawley before being lured to Elland Road last October.

The Scot insists Cellino is continuing to support him privately amid reports that the Scot will become the sixth manager of the Italian’s two-year Elland Road tenure to be axed.

In other Leeds news, ex-Elland Road striker Noel Whelan has given his verdict on Evans’ future.