Liverpool FC legend Robbie Fowler has applied for the Peterborough United manager’s job, the Peterborough Telegraph can confirm.
But it’s former Reading and Leeds United manager Brian McDermott who is being heavily backed to land the job today (September 11).
McDermott’s odds with Sky Bet have tumbled from 12/1 to evens today. He’s now the favourite to be appointed with current Rotherham manager Steve Evans (2/1) dropping to second favourite.
Fowler has been working as a coach at the Liverpool Academy, but is known to be keen to break into management.
The 40-year-old is believed to have applied for several Football League jobs, most notably Leeds United. Fowler has also worked with the strikers at MK Dons and Bury. He scored 172 goals for Liverpool.
Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony is a Liverpool fan, but he is thought to want a more experienced manager to replace Dave Robertson.
Ian Culverhouse, who has worked for Norwich and Aston Villa in recent seasons, is also understood to have applied.
In Twitter exchanges with inquisitive Posh fans MacAnthony ruled out Evans, Ian Holloway, Nigel Pearson, Graham Westley and Stuart Pearce.
MacAnthony was asked ‘take it you’re not after Steve Evans,’ and replied ‘absolutely not’.
McDermott, currently chief scout at Arsenal, was available at odds of 20/1 at the start of the week. MacAnthony described him as a ‘great guy’ yesterday. McDermott took Reading into the Premier League in 2012, but was sacked the following season. He subsequently had an unhappy spell at Leeds United where he still won admirers for the job he did in difficult circumstances.
McDermott has not managed a club since leaving Leeds 16 months ago.
New entrants into the betting list are current York City manager Russ Wilcox and recently sacked Doncaster manager Paul Dickov who are both priced at 14/1.
MacAnthony didn’t take the opportunity to rule out former Coventry manager Steven Pressley.
It’s understood MacAnthony held phone interviews with his preferred candidates yesterday with the club primed to announce his decision early next week.
Grant McCann is set to take charge of tomorrow’s (September 12) League One game at Oldham.