Former Derby and Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies is rumoured to be the next candidate in discussions with Charlton Athletic’s management to take over the stricken south London club.

Davies, 51, has experience of promotion – the key to Charlton’s season – when he masterminded the Rams’ return to the Premier League nine years ago.

The challenge would be of a different order for the out-of-work manager who has to contend with a demoralised squad, a disenchanted support base and a management team with a reputation for unfathomable decisions.

Nigel Adkins is the bookie's favourite

Jose Riga left when Charlton were relegated from the Championship to League One and the squad is going through upheaval, with goalkeeper Nick Pope the latest name linked with a move away from the troubled Valley.

It isn’t the Scottish manager’s first trip to the boardroom as he was a contender after Alan Curbishley left in 2006. Iain Dowie eventually took the job.

Former Notts County boss Chris Wilder has now moved to League One’s Sheffield Utd after he failed to agree terms with the Belgian owners.

Billy Davies is currently fourth favourite with BetVictor to take over.

Top 5 contenders for Charlton post

  1. Nigel Adkins: Sacked by Sheffied United earlier this month. 6/4
  2. Uwe Rosler: German sacked by Leeds in 2015. 5/1
  3. Nebojsa Vignjevic: Serbian currently managing Hungarian club Ujpest. 6/1
  4. Billy Davies: Former Derby and Notts Forest boss. 8/1
  5. Dougie Freedman: Former manager of Crystal Palace, Bolton and Nottingham Forest. 8/1

Former Charlton managers Alan Curbishley and Phil Parkinson are 33/1 with Chris Powell at 16/1.