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Mac tops betting for Bolton job

MICK McCARTHY has been installed as the early favourite to succeed Owen Coyle as Bolton Wanderers manager after Coyle was sacked by the Championship side today.

A poor run of form which saw Bolton slip to 18th in the Championship table forced the club to act and this morning they informed Coyle that he was out of a job.

Coyle's former Ireland team-mate Roy Keane has also been touted as a candidate along with Alan Curbishley, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Rafa Benitez, but one local bookmaker has made McCarthy the clear favourite at odds of 7/4.

McCarthy has been out of work since leaving Wolves last season and was heavily linked with the Nottingham Forest job before turning down the chance to take over there.

Coyle, capped once by Jack Charlton in 1994, took over as Bolton boss from Gary Megson in January 2010 but was unable to keep them in the Premier League and poor league form this term has forced the club to act.