Danny Grainger's odds have been slashed in the early running to become Carlisle United's new manager.

The former Blues captain and Workington Reds boss is now odds-on favourite with William Hill.

Grainger had been reduced to 4/5 by Tuesday afternoon, while Bet Victor had the 35-year-old Cumbrian at Evens.

The ex-United skipper, currently assistant boss at Falkirk, has never made a secret of his managerial ambitions or his love of the Blues.

But any thoughts of a quick appointment at Brunton Park appear premature.

United placed Gavin Skelton and Eric Kinder in caretaker charge after the sacking of Chris Beech on Sunday.

And the duo look set to be at the helm when the Cumbrians host Tranmere this Saturday.

They could further time in temporary charge, as United then go to Newport next Tuesday.

The Blues have yet to comment on the search for Beech's successor, with Skelton and director of football David Holdsworth set to face the media on Thursday.

Skelton's odds have drifted to 10/1, behind second-favourite John McGreal and Paul Tisdale.

The latest odds are here