Former Manchester United assistant boss Mike Phelan has been installed by bookmakers as the frontrunner to succeed Tony Mowbray as the manager of Championship struggles Middlesbrough.

Mowbray was relieved of his duties on Monday after three years at the Riverside, with Boro having won only a single league game in their last 10, and sat four points above the relegation zone.

The clear favourite to replace the ex-Celtic is now Phelan, who has had his odds slashed dramatically within the last 24 hours, having initially been an outside to take the position.

Phelan was not even under consideration by most bookmakers following the departure of Mowbray, but has now quickly gone from 66/1 to 4/7, with Tony Pulis and Martin O'Neil ranked second and third, respectively.

The 51-year-old former Manchester United full-back spent the best part of five years as the No.2 to Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, before losing his position after the appointment of David Moyes in the summer.

Phelan has no professional experience as a manager as of yet, but is reported to be holding out for a job as a No.1 rather than accepting a return to the game as a coach.

Middlesbrough have previously shown a willingness to hire untried former assistants to Ferguson, having made Steve McLaren their manager in 2001, after he had worked under the now retired Manchester United icon.

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