Nigel Adkins has this morning been installed as second favourite to take over at Championship club Blackpool – behind Pompey’s Michael Appleton and even though he is still in charge at Saints.

The Saints boss has had a flood of cash laid on him, backing down his odds from 66-1 to 11/8 with bookies Victor Chandler to succeed Ian Holloway as the Tangerines manager, after Adkins’ side lost 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion last night.

Adkins remains 4/6 favourite to become the first Premier League manager to lose his job this season.

And the bookies continute to accepts bets on a successor even though Adkins is still in a job with Swindon Town’s Paolo Di Canio is 4/5 favourite to replace him, should the Saints manager be sacked.

Victor Chandler odds Next PL manager to lose/leave his post: N Adkins 4/6; M Hughes 5/2; R Mancini 14/1 Next permanent Saints boss; P Di Canio 4/5; G Strachan 5/2; H Redknapp 6/1; A Shearer 16/1; R Benitez 20/1 Next Blackpool manager: M Appleton 4/7; N Adkins 11/8; P Ince 25/1