Paul Ince has seen his odds slashed with the former Manchester and Liverpool star the early favourite for the Hartlepool United job.
The former England midfielder was priced at 4/1 by bookmakers Bet Victor after Craig Harrison was sacked earlier today.
But Ince has since seen his odds slashed to 2/5, the overwhelming favourite with bookmakers.
Mitigating circumstances for Craig Harrison's reign but his time was up
Ince has been out of work since being sacked by Blackpool four years ago, but is believed to be someone whose name has been put forward to the Hartlepool board.
The 50-year-old has also managed Macclesfield, MK Dons, Blackburn Rovers and Notts County.
Other names in the frame are former Newcastle United midfielder Lee Clark, who left Bury earlier this season, ex-Leeds boss Neil Redfearn, former Pools manager Ronnie Moore and non-league duo Alun Armstrong (Blyth Spartans) and Graham Fenton (South Shields).
Odds: Paul Ince 2/5, Matthew Bates 4/1, Craig Hignett 8/1, Sam Collins 10/1, Neil Redfearn 16/1, Alun Armstrong 16/1, Graham Fenton 16/1, Ronnie Moore 16/1.