Aitor Karanka heads next Leeds manager tips
FootyOn experts give next Leeds manager tips after Garry Monk resigns. Aitor Karanka is in the frame for the Elland Road hotseat.
Two days after Massimo Cellino was bought out and fellow Italian businessman Andrea Radrizzani completed his takeover, the Whites are looking for yet another manager.
Monk had been offered an extension to his rolling one-year contract with Leeds, but has now quit the West Yorkshire outfit.
That leaves the Whites with yet another coaching vacancy to fill.
Who would be a good a fit? Former Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka is the strong early favourite.
Our experts assess the state of the betting and give next Leeds manager tips…
Favourite: Aitor Karanka
The Basque Country native was Jose Mourinho’s assistant at Real Madrid before striking out on his own at Boro.
Managing the Teesside team to promotion from the Championship, his three-year reign at the Riverside was ended in March.
Former Spain international Karanka built his Middlesbrough team on defensive strength.
He looks an ideal candidate for Leeds with that promotion and recent Premier League coaching experience on his CV.
The only slight concern would be how his Boro side struggled for goals in the top-flight.
Occupied elsewhere: Marco Silva and Nigel Pearson
Leeds are far from the only football club in England looking for a new boss.
When it comes to departing Hull City head coach Marco Silva, the world is his oyster at the moment.
Silva is linked with Premier League trio Crystal Palace, Southampton and Watford, and also held talks with Porto earlier this week.
These top-flight teams are bigger fry than Leeds, who are 8/1 to appoint Silva.
Nigel Pearson (12/1), meanwhile, is a stronger candidate to be permanent successor to Karanka at Middlesbrough.
Controversial choice: David Moyes
Ex-Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland manager David Moyes (16/1) would be a controversial appointment, given his history with Leeds’ bitter rivals.
Scottish boss Moyes is damaged goods, however, after resigning from the Stadium of Light hotseat when the Black Cats were relegated.
Outside shout: Mick McCarthy
An outside shout of interest is Yorkshireman and Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy (25/1), who has been operating on a shoestring budget in Suffolk for several seasons now.
The Barnsley-born centre back represented and later managed the Republic of Ireland, also playing abroad with Lyon in France.
McCarthy has coached both Sunderland and Wolves into the Premier League from the second tier.
Appoint a former player: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
If backing a former player appeals to you, then former Elland Road goalscoring favourite Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink may be worth a cheeky punt.
Out of work since he was sacked by QPR in November, Dutch forward Hasselbaink hit 34 goals in 69 Premier League games for Leeds (1997-99).
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