James Beattie enters the running to become Leeds United's next manager

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The 36-year-old only left Accrington Stanley yesterday but bookmakers have already installed him as fifth-favourite for the Elland Road hotseat.

James Beattie has emerged as a shock candidate for the Leeds job.

The 36-year-old only left Accrington Stanley on Friday after the club parted with him by mutual consent.

Beattie, however, has already been installed by bookmakers as fifth-favourite for the Elland Road hotseat, with odds of as low as 10/1 being offered, according to Oddschecker.

Leeds United's caretaker boss Neil Redfearn is the current favourite to take the role full time among bookies, while Steve Clarke is just behind him in the running - though he previously led the way.

Interestingly, Paolo Di Canio and Roberto Di Matteo are next in the running, before the likes of Beattie, Robbie Fowler and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink appear.

Beattie's quick rise through the table is noteworthy, though, considering the fact that the former Premier League striker has been out of work for but a few hours.

The Daily Express have also linked the 36-year-old with the Leeds job, despite his Accrington side having won just one of their opening six games this season.

That was Beattie's first job in management and he lasted 16 months at the club. By contrast, during his playing career, the striker played for nine different sides.

Leeds face Birmingham City at St Andrew's later today.

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