03/09/2018 11:23 BST | Updated 03/09/2018 14:53 BST

Sara Cox Backed To Replace Chris Evans As Radio 2 Breakfast Show Host, But Bookies Have Another Favourite

Coxy began trending on Twitter soon after it was revealed Chris was leaving.

Sara Cox has been backed to succeed Chris Evans as the host of the Radio 2 Breakfast Show.

The presenter’s name began trending on Twitter almost immediately after Chris announced he would be leaving the station after eight years on the show.

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Sara Cox has been backed to replace Chris Evans as the host of the Radio 2 Breakfast Show

Coxy is already Chris’ regular stand-in on the 6.30am to 9.30am weekday slot, and many have named her as their top pick to take on the role full time when Chris leaves in December.

Sara currently hosts the 10pm to midnight show from Monday to Thursday, after having impressed bosses with her Sound Of The 80s show.

Like Chris, she previously the hosted the Radio 1 Breakfast Show from 2000 to 2003, before being succeeded by Chris Moyles

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Chris announced he was leaving the station on Monday

However, the bookies are backing someone else for the job, as Zoe Ball is their current favourite, with odds of 4/7 with William Hill. 

Sara follows in second place with odds of 6/4, while Simon Mayo has 8/1. 

Dermot O’Leary is listed at 12/1, Trevor Nelson at 14/1, Chris Moyles at 16/1 and Ken Bruce at 25/1.

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Zoe Ball is the bookies favourite to replace Chris

The station is under pressure to increase the number of female presenters on its daytime schedule, as there are currently no women with a permanent show airing between 6.30am and 5pm during the week.

However, Vanessa Feltz presents the early breakfast show from 5am, while Jo Whiley teams up with Simon Mayo between 5pm and 7pm. 

Chris has announced he will be going on to host the Virgin Radio Breakfast Show after leaving Radio 2 at Christmas. 

In a statement, he said: “I see nothing but exciting and groundbreaking opportunities ahead. In a medium that is changing so quickly on a daily basis, the potential for growth is unprecedented.

“Our plan is: to give it all we’ve got, see where we can get to and have the most possible fun along the way. It makes me smile every time I think about it.”