Update following Lee Clarke’s leaving Huddersfield:
Following five straight defeats whcih has seen Leeds United drop away from the main promotion contenders in League One, the Elland Road board have taken swift action in sacking manager Gary McAllister after just 11 months in the job – He took United to the League One play-offs last season, steadying the ship after Dennis Wise’s defection to Newcastle and their initial 15 point deduction, but has hit a bad spell of form recently, leaving them in ninth place following their defeat away at MK Dons at the weekend, five points away from the play-off places, and fifteen points away from league leaders Leicester.
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The early favourite to become the next Leeds manager is former assistant to Dennis Wise, Gus Poyet (6/5) who left the club to become assistant to Juande Ramos at Tottenham, but was sacked along with Ramos when Harry Redknapp took over at White Hart Lane last month, closely followed by Blackpool manager Simon Grayson (7/4). Former Watford boss Adrian Boothroyd is 4/1, whilst Billy Davies is 9/1. Paul Ince at 12/1 sounds attractive, but Ince’s Manchester United connections could prevent him taking over at Leeds, which could also rule out Roy Keane (also at 12/1).
Conqueror of Leeds on Saturday, MK Dons supremo Roberto di Matteo is currently 10/1, with Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson just behind at 12/1. Outside shots include Kevin Keegan (33/1), Graeme Souness (33/1), Glenn Hoddle (33/1), Nigel Clough (22/1) and Alan Pardew (14/1).
Leeds have stated their intention is to appoint a manager as soon as possible, which would suggest they want their man in place before the January transfer window opens, and may go for an out-of-work manager rather than try and negotiate settlement packages with other clubs over the Christmas period.
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