Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor new bookies favourite for Tranmere Rovers job after odds slashed

It’s the last thing Hartlepool United fans want to hear.

Monday, 17th May 2021, 4:45 pm

As the club prepares to enter its most important run of promotion defining matches in years, manager Dave Challinor has emerged as the new bookmakers favourite to take over at his former club Tranmere Rovers.

Tranmere are currently preparing for their League Two play-off match against Morecambe this Thursday with Ian Dawes in temporary charge following the sacking of Keith Hill earlier this month.

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Hartlepool United manager Dave Challinor. (Credit: Mark Fletcher | MI News)

Over the weekend, Challinor’s odds to become the next Rovers boss have been slashed from a 16/1 outsider to 4/1 favourite with Bet Victor. The significant change is sure to alarm Pools fans, who hold Challinor in very high regard for guiding the club from mid table in the National League to a first promotion charge in 14 years.

The Pools boss has a history at Tranmere, making 140 league appearances for the club between 1994 and 2002.

While bookies odds can be an indicator, it’s important to take them with a pinch of salt at this stage. The change can be the result of a number of speculative bets rather than anything more concrete.

And sources close to the Pools boss suggest that any links between Challinor and the Tranmere position are just ‘speculation’ at the moment.

Challinor remains under contract at Pools until the end of the 2021-22 season meaning the club would be entitled to compensation should another club come in for him during that period.

But it’s certainly one to keep an eye on while the permanent managerial position remains vacant at Prenton Park.

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