More exciting sports news from around Lincolnshire…
A non-league football manager has been left in hysterics after a bookmaker made him second favourite to be the next Lincoln City manager.
Craig Denton is a surprise inclusion with the bookmakers after leaving Worksop Town this week – who play five levels below the Imps in the same league as Lincoln United.
The 33-year-old is among a list that features big names in the game such as Ian Holloway, John Terry and Sol Campbell.
And overnight, he stormed towards the top of the list, with Sky Bet now making him the second favourite.
At one point, they were offering odds as low as 5/1.
The 33-year-old has even moved up above Gareth Ainsworth at Wycombe Wanderers, who is many fans’ preferred choice for the job.
Ironically, Denton is also a teacher just like the Cowleys were before they took on the role – but he says there has been no contact from the club and admits he is unsure how his name ended up in the reckoning.
“I don’t know how to describe it – I don’t know how it got there it,” he said.
“I think it started with Bet Victor, the sponsors of the league that Worksop Town are in.
“It is the only connection [I can think of].
“I can’t really explain it. I don’t know really know the answer – it has just made me laugh.”
The former Worksop Town manager, who guided his team to a league and cup double last season, thinks people may have seen his name and contacted Sky Bet.
And while he has seen the funny side, Denton thinks even if he doesn’t get the job, it has been great publicity.
“I don’t know what Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink would have been thinking when he saw my name in a stronger position than his,” he joked.
“It has got out of control but it is great for me as it is getting my name out there.”
The odds have started drifting again with Denton now at 7/1.
Newport County boss Michael Flynn is now the clear favourite with the bookies.
Sky Bet even suspended betting on the Welshman being the next Lincoln City manager at around noon today.