Leeds manager betting update: Three shock new names in top five

Paolo Di Canio At Upton Park

Three new names are in the frame at Leeds United.

Caretaker manager Neil Redfearn appears to have the nod to continue in charge of Leeds United this weekend, but long-term his prospects are less assured.

A result away at Birmingham City will certainly work in his favour, but the runners and riders behind him continue to shift.

Three new names feature in the top five potential managers according to the bookies, including one highly publicised candidate and two surprises. In reverse order here are the five top names according to SkyBet:

Karl Robinson 10/1

The MK Dons boss is highly rated throughout the Football League, and led his side to a memorable win over Manchester United last month. Just 33-years-old, Robinson is not though to be looking for a move away from Milton Keynes, but the respective sizes and history of the two clubs simply cannot be compared.

It would still be a big surprise if he walked away, but his low price is intriguing, especially as earlier this year he said: "Whoever goes in at Leeds has a mountain to climb but it’s a mountain that a lot of people would love to try and go up."

Robbie Fowler 8/1

Robbie Fowler submitting a job application for the Leeds boss was revealed by SkySports on Tuesday afternoon, and was a real bolt from the blue. Fowler is a Liverpool legend but also had a spell at Leeds in his playing days.

He has never held a managerial job before, which certainly indicates it would be a risk. Leeds fans may hope Fowler's lively personality does not persuade the unpredictable Massimo Cellino.

Paolo di Canio 7/2

Odds have been slashed on Paolo di Canio taking over at Leeds, a potential appointment which would certainly divide opinion. Di Canio has had spells in management with Swindon Town and Sunderland with limited success, but his abrasive style managed to upset as many faces as he made smile. His working relationship with Cellino would be fascinating, but it would be an appointment which could spectacularly backfire with relegation as easily as a play-off challenge.

Steve Clarke 5/2

While former West Brom boss Steve Clarke has seen his odds drift of late, he remains second favourite for the position. He has been closely linked for a fortnight, and it is unclear whether the delay is due to him having reservations, or in fact Massimo Cellino being unsure whether he is in fact the best available candidate.

Neil Redfearn 9/4

Caretaker boss Neil Redfearn has the job within his grasp, but whether he should take it long-term is another matter. Upcoming fixtures against Birmingham, Bournemouth and Huddersfield will help decide where Leeds go from here.

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