Paolo Di Canio’s odds on becoming the next Leeds United manager have plummeted a huge 34 points from 40/1 down to 6/1.
The controversial Italian has been out of management since he left Sunderland last year, but he revealed at the very start of this summer that he was ready to step back into English football.
“I'm available, I'm ready. I've had time to think (about) what's happened in the past. I have a more positive opinion about my philosophy,” he told Sky Sports News.
Leeds have been without a boss since owner Massimo Cellino decided to sack David Hockaday after a difficult start to the season.
Reports have suggested that Cellino is unlikely to press on in the search for a new head coach until he returns from the USA tomorrow, meaning Neil Redfearn, caretaker boss, should still be in charge this weekend.
Redfearn has been tipped in several places to earn the job on a permanent basis but the passionate and enthusiastic form of the Italian coach may win over the club’s Italian owner.
Di Canio has enjoyed relative success in his two spells in charge of football clubs; helping Swindon Town into League One and helping Sunderland avoid relegation from the Premier League.
The problems come where his style and philosophy create friction between him and key players, with numerous examples if his time at Swindon where he fell out with members of the first team.
Leeds’ quest to get back into the Premier League is as difficult as ever so while some punters may be placing their cash on the Italian to storm into the vacant role at Elland Road, a calmer and more measured approach with the long term in mind could be the better way forward.