Keiron Cunningham and Paul Anderson among the favourites for Leigh job

THURSDAY UPDATE: As of Wednesday, Kieron Purtill is the outright favourite to become the new head coach of Leigh Centurions.

Purtill is now the even money favourite to succeed Neil Jukes – with previous favourite Keiron Cunningham’s odds lengthening in the last 24 hours. England Knights coach Paul Anderson is now second-favourite.

WEDNESDAY: Keiron Cunningham has been named as the joint favourite to become the next Leigh head coach.

Betfred has made the club’s head of rugby 3/1 on to get the job following Neil Jukes’ resignation on Monday.

Kieron Purtill, who has been placed in temporary charge has also been priced at 3/1, while former Huddersfield head coach and current England Knights chief Paul Anderson is also available at the same odds.

Former Warrington coach Tony Smith is available at 6/1 while Iestyn Harris is another of the favourites at 10/1.

Meanwhile, those who believe a shock return for former coach Paul Rowley could be on the cards can get odds of 100/1.

Jukes left the club after three defeats in the opening four games of the season.

The final straw came when the Centurions surrendered a 26-16 lead in the final eight minutes against the French side, who had a man sent-off in the second-half. The defeat leaves Leigh ninth in the Championship.

Full odds (Betfred) – updated 28 February

Kieron Purtill EVS
Paul Anderson (England Knights) 5/2
Keiron Cunningham 7/2
Iestyn Harris 8/1
Geoff Toovey 16/1
Tony Smith 20/1
Paul Anderson (Leigh) 25/1
Brian Noble 25/1
Micky Higham 25/1
Lee Briers 33/1
Paul Rowley 100/1