Cotterill favourite to land Forest job

Pompey manager Steve Cotterill
Pompey manager Steve Cotterill
Pompey celebrate Brett Pitman's goal. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Steve Cotterill has emerged as the bookies’ favourite for the vacant Nottingham Forest manager’s job.

It is understood the Blues boss is one of three candidates lined up for an interview with the East Midlands club, along with former Barnsley manager Mark Robins and Aston Villa coach Kevin MacDonald.

But despite reports to the contrary, Cotterill is not yet believed to have been interviewed for the vacant City Ground post.

The Blues boss has not given any indication he wants to leave Fratton Park but odds on a shock move to Forest have tumbled.

Last night, Cotterill had been installed as 6/5 favourite by Paddy Power, Ladbrokes and Skybet, while the Betting Room posted odds of 2/1 for him to step into the void left by the departed Steve McClaren.

Victor Chandler had him at 25/1 on Sunday – only to slash his odds to 5/2 yesterday.

Others mentioned as potential suitors for the job include Roy Keane, Nigel Clough, John Pemberton and Dave Jones.

Yet, according to the bookies, Cotterill remains the most likely option.

The News understands there has been no official approach from Forest as it stands.

But the City Ground outfit will have to make one if they want to interview Cotterill.

News of the bookies widely establishing him as the favourite for the Forest hot-seat will alert Blues fans.

It is the second time in the past few days that Cotterill has been strongly linked with a vacant Championship post.

He has also been tipped as a contender for the Bristol City job.

Reports in Bristol say the Ashton Gate club are closing in on appointing a manager.

It is claimed Robins chairman Colin Sexstone completed interviews with five shortlisted candidates over the weekend.

He will now call back the final two candidates for further talks early this week.

Those linked with the job include Jones, Robins, Sean O’Driscoll, Derek McInnes and John Hughes.