FORMER Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka remains favourite to replace Garry Monk as Leeds United’s managerial search continues.
Leeds are poised to name Middlesbrough’s former head of recruitment Victor Orta as their new technical director this week and Karanka has been favourite to land the vacant Whites role of head coach ever since Monk departed.
Monk handed in his resignation last Thursday, reasoning that he was unable to agree a suitable way to move forward with new Whites owner Andrea Radrizzani.
Radrizzani was was intent on offering Monk a new three-year deal but is now looking for a new head coach just one week after taking full control of the club having bought out previous co-owner Massimo Cellino.
Bookies’ favourite Karanka is out of work having been sacked by Middlesbrough last March, ten months after guiding the Riversiders to promotion from the Championship.
The Spaniard is a best-priced 6-4 shot but odds-on at 20-21 with Betfair Exchange.
But former Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri remains a solid second favourite and no bigger than 3-1 to replace Monk.
Ranieri’s odds have tumbled over the weekend, despite the out-of- work Italian admitting he knew nothing about United’s interest on Friday.
“I don’t know anything about this Leeds story,” Ranieri told Training Ground Guru on Friday.
“I haven’t spoken to them.”
When asked if he would be interested in the Leeds job, Ranieri said: “I prefer not to speculate.”
Ranieri is as short as 6-4 for the Leeds job in places and the Italian is a free agent having been controversially sacked by Leicester in February, just nine after months after guiding the club to a spectacular Premier League title win the previous May.
Pep Clotet, Monk’s former assistant manager, is now the general third favourite to land the role at 12-1, narrowly ahead of former Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew who is 14-1 and another manager out of work.
Gus Poyet, Sam Allardyce and Nigel Pearson are all 16-1 chances, along with former Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup whose odds have shortened over the last few days.
Laudrup is currently in charge of Qatari side Al Rayyan.
Former Wolves boss Paul Lambert has also been a market mover and the Glaswegian is 20-1 to land the role, the same price as Alex Neil, Roberto Di Matteo, Slavisa Jokanovic, Dave Jones, David Moyes and David Wagner.