Leeds United managerial target Darrell Clarke has signed a new three-year contract at Bristol Rovers.
Leeds had identified Clarke as a potential replacement for Steve Evans, who remains in charge at Elland Road for the time being.
Evans’ contract expires in the coming weeks, and he is not expected to be handed a new deal.
Leeds have actively been looking for a replacement for the 53-year-old, but their attempts have proven fruitless so far.
Leeds were first rejected by MK Dons boss Karl Robinson, and now Clarke has decided to stay put with the Gas.
Leeds were expected to agree a compensation package with Rovers for Clarke in the coming days, but they will now have to look elsewhere as they seek a new manager.
Evans has stated that he would take the Leeds job still, providing it was offered to him, but that still seems unlikely.
Evans has promised that he will guide Leeds into the play offs, should he be given the opportunity to stay in charge.