Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom has been installed as the new favourite to be named in charge of Nottingham Forest, according to the latest bookmakers’ odds.
PaddyPower have Heckingbottom, 40, priced at 4/9 to succeed Mark Warburton in the City Ground hotseat after he was sacked by the Reds on New Year’s Eve.
Aitor Karanka is no longer the favourite after he drifted well out of the running to replace Warburton to being 33/1 and Heckingbottom has seen his odds slash from 15/8 on Friday to being where they are now.
Guy Poyet (10/3) and Nigel Clough (7/1) are the new second and third favourite respectively to take charge of Nottingham Forest, who go into their FA Cup clash against Premier League Arsenal on Sunday with caretaker manager Gary Brazil in the dugout.
The Daily Mail reported earlier this month that “initial discussions” had been held with ex-Middlesbrough boss Karanka, however he now appears to have slipped well out of the running.
It was understood that Heckingbottom had his supporters in the boardroom at Forest and now it seems very likely that the Barnsley manager will switch Oakwell for the City Ground at some point in the near future.
The 40-year-old was widely linked with replacing Philippe Montanier in charge of the Reds last season before Warburton was hired.
In other Nottingham Forest news, this Sky Sports pundit has raved about an “outstanding” player in Forest’s draw against Leeds.