Earlier today, Garry Monk elected to resign as Leeds United head coach. This caused shock among the football club, with the hierarchy set to offer him a 12-month extension. However the former Swansea boss made it pretty clear he wanted a longer deal at Elland Road. Nevertheless, he has moved on.
This therefore leads to the question as to who will be appointed to the role at Leeds in place of Monk. He has certainly laid out some excellent foundations for his successor to build upon. The early betting markets with Sky Bet reveal some interesting candidates. There is already an odds-on favourite at this stage.
Funnily enough, Monk is now the even money favourite to become the next manager at Middlesbrough, who will be in the same division as Leeds next season. There was big speculation earlier this week that he wanted to speak to them about this role, and he is now officially out of work. Focusing on the Leeds market, it presents an even funnier coincidence. Aitor Karanka, the former Middlesbrough manager, is the odds on favourite to be Monk’s successor in the head coach vacancy. The 43-year-old Spaniard successfully guided Boro out of the Championship a few seasons ago in second place, just ahead of Brighton, a year after losing in the Wembley final to Norwich. This remains his only club managerial role but he is certainly someone who is an attractive proposition.
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