By Alex Stevens

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

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

Sky Bet make Evans the 6/4 favourite to take over the managerless former European champions, who sacked Dougie Freedman last month.

He is well ahead in the betting over second favourite Martin O’Neill, who is 5/1, while third favourite Karl Robinson is 10/1.

Evans, 53, could also be available within days, 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.”

He is in line to become the sixth manager to be dismissed since Cellino took over the Yorkshire club in 2014.

But the Scot is increasingly in demand after steering Leeds away from a relegation fight after he was appointed to replace Rosler with the mandate of keeping the Yorkshire giants in the Championship.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reported last month that Forest had 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 broke down in tears in the wake of Leeds’ 1-1 draw against Preston on Saturday and accepted afterwards that he had “maybe” managed the club for the final time.

In other Leeds news, one senior player has revealed the promises Cellino has made with regards to the club’s future.