Steve Evans is early favourite for Stags job with bookies

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Bookies have initially installed former Leeds United manager Steve Evans as favourite for the vacant Mansfield Town job following Adam Murray’s sudden departure last night.

With Sky Bet, Evans is 1/8 while with BetVictor he is 1/3.

Evans, after spells in charge of Stamford, Boston United, Crawley Town and Rotherham United, has been out of work since leaving Leeds in May.

Having seen chairman John Radford give assistant boss Adam Murray the job after impressing as caretaker, bookies also suggest current caretakers U21 boss Mike Whitlow and youth boss John Dempster could put themselves into the hot seat with some good results while in temporary charge.

Mark Cooper, Dave Jones, Dave Penney, Dougie Freedman and Nigel Adkins are also up there among the frontrunners.

An interesting name at 14/1 with Sky Bet is former Stags defender Bobby Hassell.

The last time the post was vacant, other former ex-Stags Ian Baraclough and Greg Fee showed an interest.

Among the bookies’ outsiders are names such as Ryan Giggs, Kevin Keegan, Paul Ince, Sol Campbell, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Paolo Di Canio.

Sky Bet odds

Steve Evans 1/8

Mike Whitlow 10/1

John Dempster 10/1

Mark Cooper 12/1

Dave Jones 12/1

Dave Penney 12/1

Dougie Freedman 14/1

Steve Cotterill 14/1

Nigel Adkins 14/1

Bobby Hassell 14/1

Mark Robins 14/1

Mark Sampson 20/1

Dean Saunders 20/1

Peter Taylor 20/1

Sean O’Driscoll 20/1

Ronnie Moore 20/1

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 25/1

Paolo Di Canio 25/1

Ryan Giggs 33/1

Paul Ince 33/1

BetVictor odds

Steve Evans 1/3

Mike Whitlow 8/1

John Dempster 16/1

Nigel Adkins 16/1

Dave Jones 16/1

Mark Cooper 16/1

Steve Cotterill 16/1

Dougie Freedman 20/1

Mark Robinson 20/1

Alex Rae 25/1

Barry Ferguson 25/1

Dennis Wise 25/1

Gary Brabin 25/1

James Beattie 25/1

Billy Davies 25/1

Chris Powell 25/1

Dean Saunders 25/1

Gary Waddock 25/1

Jamie Fullarton 25/1

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 25/1

John Carver 25/1

John Hughes 25/1

Kevin Keegan 25/1

Lee Clark 25/1

Mark Sampson 25/1

Nick Barmby 25/1

Nigel Worthington 25/1

Paolo Di Canio 25/1

Paul Ince 25/1

Peter Taylor 25/1

Russ Wilcox 25/1

Ryan Giggs 25/1

Sean O’Driscoll 25/1

Simon Davey 25/1

Sol Campbell 25/1

Steven Pressley 25/1

Terry Butcher 25/1

Tony Mowbray 25/1