Tommy Wright has been installed as the clear favourite for the vacant Dundee United manager job.
The Tele revealed on Saturday that the 54-year-old is on the Tangerines’ radar as they seek a man to guide them back to the Premiership.
And bookmaker Bet Victor believes he is the favourite after taking a flurry of bets for the St Johnstone boss.
Caretaker manager Laurie Ellis, who has led United to two wins in his first two matches, is 10/1, while former Leeds manager Steve Evans is 14/1.
But chairman Stephen Thompson knows that getting Wright would be the biggest coup of all.
Wright led Saints to the 2014 Scottish Cup, when they beat United in the final, and has regularly secured top-six Premiership finishes for his team.
That work has seen him linked to the job at Aberdeen should current boss Derek McInnes take up the vacant post at Rangers.
Wright is also regarded as the natural successor to close friend Michael O’Neill at Northern Ireland.
Should they fail to reach the World Cup finals via this month’s play offs there is a strong chance O’Neill will move on, possibly even to succeed Gordon Strachan as Scotland boss.
If that did happened it’s odds on the Northern Irish FA would offer the job to Wright, who still has a home near Belfast.
This is not the first time United have been linked with the Saints boss. After the sacking of Jackie McNamara in 2015 they attempted to secure his services but were knocked back by the Perth men.