Since Garry Monk walked out on Leeds United a week last Thursday, there has been much managerial manoeuvring involving both him, and former club Leeds United.

The merry-go-round of candidates at Elland Road is well-known and well written about with names such as Aitor Karanka, Claudio Ranieri, Pep Clotet and, last night, Juande Ramos entering the fray as ‘names’ for the job.

Meanwhile, Garry Monk was installed as 4/6 on favourite to be the next manager of relegated Hull City. But it is with more recent news that the name of Garry Monk has created a growing sense of interest.

The above tweet from Derek Clarke, Head of Sport at Radio Yorkshire came when Monk was still second favourite for the Middlesbrough job at odds of 6/4. Since that tweet has been published, Monk’s odds have swung dramatically and the former Leeds United and Swansea boss is now a firm 1/2 on favourite to take the reins at the Riverside.

Conversely, Monk’s odds on him becoming Hull City manager have gone in the opposite direction. From being a 4/6 on favourite, Monk now stands with odds of 6/4 to take up the hotseat at the KCOM, just in front of Leonid Slutsky (7/2).

What is interesting in Clarke’s tweet is that only Garry Monk and first-team coach James Beattie are mentioned as heading north to take up positions with the Teessiders. One name absent from that tweet is that of Monk’s former, and long-time, assistant at both Leeds and Swansea – Pep Clotet.

There has been much noise linking Clotet with the vacant post at Elland Road, the post left empty by his mentor Garry Monk’s resignation from the Whites. The Clotet situation is something that Clarke clarifies in response to a question (below) from a Leeds United fan on his original tweet.

With both clubs looking to get managers in place, it appears that imminent news of a new appointment will reach the ears of Boro fans first.

Odds mentioned taken from Skt Bet website (13:15, June 3)


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