Date: 5th January 2018 at 8:49am
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Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom is becoming increasingly likely to become the next Nottingham Forest boss, according to the latest bookmakers’ odds.

PaddyPower have slashed the odds on Heckingbottom, 40, moving to the City Ground to replace Mark Warburton from 7/2 to now be at 15/8.

Aitor Karanka (13/8) remains favourite to be named as Warburton’s successor in the East Midlands, but his price is beginning the drift, perhaps because there has been no further development after a reported round of discussions.

Oscar Garcia (11/2) and former Leeds United manager Garry Monk (7/1) are also high in the running to be named the next Nottingham Forest manager, but it has been reported that the board at the City Ground have set their sights on both Karanka and Heckingbottom.

The Daily Mail reported earlier this month that “initial discussions” have been held with ex-Middlesbrough boss Karanka, however Forest are not yet sure about whether or not he would want to talk the helm on the banks of the River Trent.

It was understood that Heckingbottom had his supporters in the boardroom at Forest, but it appeared that the Barnsley manager – who was linked to replacing Philippe Montanier last year – is a Plan B to Karanka.

Forest face Arsenal in the FA Cup this weekend and it is expected that Gary Brazil will remain in charge of the first-team.

In other Nottingham Forest news, this Sky Sports pundit has raved about an “outstanding” player in Forest’s draw against Leeds.

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