Leeds manager betting update: Beattie now second-favourite behind Redfearn

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The latest odds from bookmakers have Neil Redfearn as favourite to become Leeds' next permanent manager, though James Beattie is now second in the running.

James Beattie's chances of getting the Leeds United job keep on rising, according to bookmakers.

The 36-year-old left Accrington Stanley on Friday and immediately became fifth-favourite among bookies to make a swift move to Elland Road.

And, as detailed by Oddschecker, Beattie's odds have now shortened to make him second in the running for the Leeds post.

One bookmaker even has the former Premier League striker as joint-favourite with Neil Redfearn, while another has him joint-second with former West Brom boss Steve Clarke.

Three other bookmakers rank Beattie as third-favourite, meanwhile.

But it current caretaker boss Redfearn who still leads the way and, if he is to be owner Massimo Cellino's choice, there is certainly no rush to make his appointment official considering his current performances.

Indeed, in two games in caretaker charge at Elland Road, the 49-year-old has won four points - more than Dave Hockaday managed during his brief four-match tenure.

After beating Bolton in his first game (though not his first ever game as Leeds caretaker boss as he has had stints in the role before) Redfearn guided his side to a draw at Birmingham City despite seeing them initially trail yesterday.

Other names still in the running are Paolo Di Canio, Roberto Di Matteo and Simon Grayson.

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