DEAN Windass has applied to be the next Hartlepool United boss as the race to succeed Chris Turner hots up.
Former Darlington assistant manager Windass was the big mover in the betting stakes yesterday with his odds with online bookies Victor Chandler dropping to 14-1.
SportMail understands Windass is desperate to be the new Pools boss after Chris Turner resigned on Thursday and the ex-Middlesbrough striker has already submitted an application to the club.
The 41-year-old has been keen to enter management since being dismissed as Darlington number two last October.
Windass applied for the vacancies at Shrewsbury and Grimsby Town, without success, and has made no secret of his desire to stay in football after his playing career came to an end at 40.
Certainly, Hull-born Windass is not lacking in experience from his playing days after amassing more than 600 career appearances in every division.
But his brief stint as assistant to Colin Todd with the Quakers remains his only experience of coaching.
Pools first-team coach Mick Wadsworth, who will take temporary charge of the side at Yeovil Town today, remains the favorite with the bookies.
Wadsworth saw his odds shorten to 6-4 yesterday despite the former Oldham and Huddersfield boss sharing many of the same concerns as Turner about the need to boost the club's playing resources.