FORMER Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is now a strong second favourite to be the next Leeds United boss, two days after admitting he had received no contact from the Whites.
Leeds are on the hunt for a new head coach under new owner Andrea Radrizzani after Garry Monk’s resignation on Thursday and former Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka remains favourite with most bookmakers to take the role.
But 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 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.
Karanka is also a free agent having been sacked by Middlesbrough in March, ten months after guiding the Riversiders to promotion from the Championship.
Karanka has strong and obvious links with Middlesbrough’s Victor Orta who is set to be named United’s new technical director next week.
Nigel Pearson and Alan Pardew are other names prominent in the betting to land the Leeds job but Marco Silva - who had been second favourite - has left Hull City to become Watford boss.