It is like a whirlpool is the bookmaker’s odds on who will come out as the successful candidate to fill the Leeds United head coach/manager seat vacated by Garry Monk.
Since Monk decided that his vision for Leeds United didn’t correspond with the offer he received from owner Andrea Radrizzani, there has been no-one effectively in charge at Eland Road with regard to the playing side of things.
Monk’s tendered resignation not only left Leeds United without a man in charge, but it also lead to a frothing pit of managerial candidates all vying for the prestigious position. Such has been the fan expectation that owner Radrizzani took to Twitter earlier tonight to calm the fans down with the following, well-received tweet.
I understand frustration, we are meeting candidates this week. It is important we take the time to make the best decision for the club #LUFC
— Andrea Radrizzani (@andrearadri) June 6, 2017
That tweet went a long way to giving Leeds fans what had been missing, a little clarification of what was going on behind the scenes in narrowing down who the next man to take up the Elland Road challenge would be.
Radrizzani’s assertion that “we are meeting candidates this week” has certainly had an effect on the betting market, with the odds beginning to change. First of all, the immediate change was to see joint favourites emerge, according to Sky Bet, in then-twin 5/2 shots Claudio Ranieri and Pep Clotet. However, things have continued to shift and big changes appear/continue to appear.
Ranieri is now a sole favourite for the Leeds United job, moving from his previous odds with Sky Bet of 5/2 to a shorter price of 2/1. Pep Clotet, who shared those odds with him barely two hours ago has now drifted out to a more distant 6/1 and is currently seen as only fourth favourite for the job.
Former Newcastle and Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is a little further from favourite Ranieri than he was before, moving from odds of 3/1 to a marginally longer price of 7/2. The interesting name that seems to be making a surge of late is Reading boss Jaap Stam. The losing Championship Play-Off Finalist is currently just behind Pardew on odd of 4/1, coming in from a much longer price.
Until an appointment is made at Elland road, expect the managerial whirlpool in LS11 to keep on turning and names circulating amongst fluctuating odds.