Roberto Mancini is the 7/2 favourite for the Notts County job

But the chances of the Italian taking over the Meadow Lane hot-seat must be considered slim at best, particularly after his agent Maurizio De Giorgis told the Nottingham Evening Post “There is no truth in it whatsoever, with all the respect for Notts County and their project. Maybe people have put together Roberto and Notts County because he is good friends with Sven. But you have to remember Roberto has managed Inter Milan. There has never been any contact. He might have spoken to Sven since he joined Notts County, but that is not unusual because they are good friends.”

With Mancini out the picture, second favourite at 4/1 is the newly unemployed, former England manager, Peter Taylor. Having left Wycombe Wanderers last weekend, Talyor would appear to have several factors in his favour being that he is English and that he has a second-to-none knowledge of lower league football having coached at Brighton, Hull, Crystal Palace and Stevenage.

Third favourite at 11/2 is David Platt. Clearly unfazed by his disastrous management spells at Nottingham Forest and Sampdoria at the turn of the century, the rumour-mill suggests that Sven-Goran Eriksson believes the former England midfielder is just the man to plot the Magpies’ scorching ascent through the leagues. From the fans’ perspective though, Platt’s allegiances to their arch-enemy makes him an automatic non-starter.

Further back, Steve Coppell – an uninspiring but a realistic choice – is being priced at 7/1 while the bookies hope to clean up on odds for Sven himself by pricing the Swede at a tasty 8/1 for the job.

Mopping up the rest of the front-runners, Ian Dowie (9/1), Alan Curbishley (10/1), Kevin Keegan (16/1), David O’Leary (16/1) and Gordon Strachan (20/1) are all being mooted with the vacant job.

(The full odds on the next Notts County manager can be seen here.)