LIAM Manning has been named as one of the bookmakers’ favourites to take over as the new Bristol City boss.

Oxford United’s head coach has seen his odds cut from 6/4 to 8/11 this morning, with former Chelsea and England star Frank Lampard at 1/1, according to Oddschecker.

The Oxford Mail understands though that there is currently no indication Manning will leave the U’s, with the 38-year-old happy both on and off the pitch.

The former MK Dons boss moved to Oxfordshire in August, and he and his family are understood to have settled in well in the county.

Manning said after the Emirates FA Cup first round win at home to Maidenhead United on Saturday: “I’ve not heard anything. I’ve heard no news and had nothing.

“I’ve never chased anything. I keep my head down and do a terrific job here.”

Manning also confirmed to the media that as of Saturday evening, there had been no approach from Ashton Gate for his services.

He took over as United boss in March, guiding the club to safety in Sky Bet League One last season.

This campaign has seen the U’s flourish under Manning, as they sit second in the third tier and three points behind leaders Portsmouth.

United’s results and style of play mean Manning’s name is likely to be linked with vacant managerial posts, including those in the Championship, such as the Robins, who sacked Nigel Pearson on October 29.

A spokesperson for Oddschecker said: “Since Nigel Pearson’s sacking from Bristol City, Frank Lampard had dominated the betting market to replace him at Ashton Gate.

“Forty-five per cent of bets on Oddschecker last week Monday to Friday had gone on the former Chelsea and Everton manager.

“However, it has been all change in the betting since Friday, as Oxford United manager Liam Manning’s odds have crashed in to take charge.

“From 16/1 last Thursday, Manning now stands as the betting favourite at odds of 8/11.”

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