Former Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock is the bookmakers favourite to take over at Leeds United after Simon Grayson was sacked yesterday.
The former Leicester City and Blackburn Rovers player had been in charge at Elland Road for three years but a 4-1 home defeat against Birmingham City left the club in tenth place, three points away from the play-offs.
Warnock, sacked by QPR earlier this season to make way for Mark Hughes, is odds-on at 1.73 (bet365) and former Leeds defender believes his availability may have influenced chairman Ken Bates to show Grayson the door.
“I think so for definite [Warnock’s availability influencing the decision]. He got sacked for QPR because he is basically known as a Championship manager who will get you up. That’s what he has done time and time again.
“That has probably swung Ken Bates’s decision”.
A selection of the names in the running for the Leeds United job are as follows:
- Steve Bruce @ 10.0 (Sky Bet)
- Gordon Strachan @ 11.0 (Ladbrokes)
- Gareth Southgate @ 13.0 (Paddy Power)
- Roberto Di Matteo @ 13.0 (Sky Bet)
- Gary Kelly @ 17.0 (Sky Bet)
- Gus Poyet @ 17.0 (bet365)
- Dave Jones @ 21.0 (bet365)
- Neil Redfearn @ 21.0 (Sky Bet)
- Nigel Worthington @ 21.0 (Bet Victor)
- Billy Davies @ 26.0 (Sky Bet)
- David O’Leary @ 41.0 (Sky Bet)
- Gary McAllister @ 51.0 (Sky Bet)
- Vinnie Jones @ 51.0 (Sky Bet)
- Lucas Radebe @ 67.0 (Sportingbet)
- Eric Cantona @ 101.0 (Paddy Power)
Grayson took over in the 2008-09 season and Leeds won their final 11 home games, matching Don Revie’s 40-year-old record. The club finished in fourth place but lost 2-1 on aggregate in the League One play-off semi finals against Millwall.
The 2009-10 season saw Leeds record a famous away victory at Manchester United in the FA Cup third round and won promotion to the Championship finishing as runners-up to Norwich City.
In their first season back in England’s second tier, Leeds were on course to finish in the play-off places but a dip in form saw them finish in seventh place.
Grayson was sacked after 169 matches in charge – winning 84, drawing 40 and losing 45.
Youth team coach Neil Redfearn has been temporarily placed in charge of Leeds’ first team.