Mark Robins is early favourite to be next Bristol City manager
Mark Robins has emerged as a 3/1 favourite to become Bristol City's next manager.
The Championship strugglers are seeking their third boss in 15 months following the decision to sake Derek McInnes in the wake of Saturday's dismal 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Leicester City.
And bookmakers have installed the man McInnes beat to land the job in October 2011 at the top of the betting.
Robins was interviewed for the Ashton Gate vacancy last season and was the favoured candidate of club owner Steve Lansdown. But other directors carried the day and McInnes was appointed instead.
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Robins has since taken over as manager of Coventry City and is currently leading a Sky Blues revival in League One.
But as the appointment of Michael Appleton at Blackburn has shown, managers can always be persuaded to move on to bigger and better things.
Appleton had only been in charge at Blackpool for two months when he decided to switch to Ewood Park this weekend and it will be a major surprise if Bristol City directors do not approach Coventry to ask permission to speak to Robins.
Currently out of work after losing his job at Nottingham Forest last month, Sean O'Driscoll has been installed as second favourite at 4/1.
Having recently turned down the chance to succeed Keith Hill at Barnsley, the former Doncaster Rovers boss is being widely tipped to take over at Blackpool.
But O'Driscoll was interviewed for the Bristol City job 15 months ago and his ability to work within the restraints of a modest budget will appeal to the Ashton Gate board.
Former MK Dons, Swindon and Blackburn boss Paul Ince is offered at 8/1, while ex-City boss Gary Johnson, now in charge at Yeovil, is a 12/1 shot.