Nottingham Forest betting update: Fernando Santos linked, Warnock latest, evens favourite emerges

The City Ground general view before clash with Hull

Nottingham Forest are on the lookout for a new manager following Dougie Freedman's departure.

 

The City Ground general view before clash with HullThe City Ground

Nottingham Forest confirmed on their official website in March that manager Dougie Freedman has been sacked, with the search on for a successor.

Freedman, who was appointed in February 2015 following the departure of Stuart Pearce, won 33% of his games as Forest boss, working under difficult circumstances with the club's Financial Fair Play problems.

General view inside the City GroundGeneral view inside the City Ground

However, five defeats in his final six games mean Freedman has gone, leaving Forest to search for another manager this summer, given that Paul Williams had been in charge up until the end of the season.

Now, bookmakers are pricing up odds for who could become Forest's permanent manager this summer, with odds compiled here by Oddschecker. Here are some of today's biggest movers...

Philippe Montanier: An intriguing name to emerge for Forest is Frenchman Montanier, who is a free agent having left Rennes. A former Real Sociedad manager, the 51-year-old has great experience and would be a signal of ambition from Forest to land a manager who has managed in the top tier of both France and Spain. At around 5/1, Montanier appears to be a very real contender.

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Steve Evans: The Scot is expected to leave Elland Road this summer when his contract expires, and staying in the Championship could be an option for him as Massimo Cellino lines up his replacement at Elland Road. His odds have taken a little hit in the last few days, and he's now out to around 4/1 for the job at the City Ground.

Fernando Santos: One of the more surprising links comes with Santos, who is preparing to manage Portugal at this summer's European Championships. At 61, Santos is a vastly experienced manager who has managed the likes of Benfica, Sporting Lisbon, AEK Athens, Panathinaikos and the Greek national team, and leaving Portugal for Forest would be a huge shock. Now, 6/1 for the Forest job, Santos could be a stunning appointment.

Rotherham manager Neil WarnockRotherham manager Neil Warnock

Neil Warnock: A free agent having left Rotherham United earlier this month, Warnock is a tried and tested Championship boss, but at 67 he's far from a long-term solution for Forest. Whether it's going for promotion or avoiding relegation in the Championship, Warnock has done it all, and could settle Forest down. A drift out to 7/4 means that Warnock is still the second favourite for the job tonight.

The favourite - Oscar Garcia: The Spaniard, once a Barcelona youth coach, has already had quite the nomadic career. After two spells with Maccabi Tel Aviv either side of a stint with Brighton, Garcia became Watford boss in 2014 but left after just four games. Now in Austria with Red Bull Salzburg, Garcia could be tempted by an offer to return to England, and he's remarkably down to evens this evening, making him the favourite for the job at the City Ground.

Who would you like to see Forest appoint?

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