Since Garry Monk walked out on Leeds United, tendering his resignation just over a fortnight ago, there has been much speculation at Elland Road as to his successor.
Names and odds have come and gone like sheep running after a farmer, with seemingly every day bringing either a new face or new odds to the fore.
At first it was a case of Spaniard Aitor Karanka being highly touted as the next man into the Leeds hotseat, with others such as Juande Ramos, Michael Laudrup and even Pep Clotet being mentioned as potential targets.
However, perhaps the biggest name in the bunch paraded as being considered for the job at Elland Road was Claudio Ranieri. Ranieri won the hearts of the nation when guiding 1000/1 shots Leicester City to the Premier League title in 2015/16, but he was relieved of his duties earlier this year after a run of bad form.
The odds dropped on him being appointed at the Whites, with many Leeds fans trying to actively will this over the line. It wasn’t to be, as per the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Phil Hay on Twitter yesterday.
In response to suggestions that Ranieri is in the running for the Leeds job, his agent Steve Kutner says there's "no truth to the rumours".
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) June 7, 2017
This assertion that Ranieri isn’t linked to the Leeds United job is backed up by news today from Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio. On his website, Di Marzio hints that the reason why there is no ‘truth to the rumours’ of Ranieri being considered for the Leeds job is that interest lies elsewhere in England.
According to Di Marzio, Crystal Palace are positioning themselves to see the Premier League winning Ranieri as a potential manager at the London club. His website says: “Crystal Palace is expected to meet with Claudio Ranieri in England today,” with Palace looking to bring in a manger after ensuring their Premier League survival late last season.
Meanwhile, at Elland Road the search for a new manager goes on, but it is even more certain now that the new man in LS11 isn’t to be Italian Claudio Ranieri.