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Matteo emerges as outside contender to take over at Leeds

| 09.04.2013

Aside from an FA Cup win at Old Trafford, there has not been too much positivity for Leeds supporters in recent seasons, but the managerial appointment of Dominic Matteo could bring about a change in fortunes.

Matteo has been backed into 12/1 to replace Neil Warnock at Elland Road and he was highly regarded by supporters during his playing days at the club, in which time he spent a period as captain.

Given that the writing was on the wall for a good month before Warnock actually departed, it is somewhat strange that Leeds have not moved quicker to appoint a replacement, even if there is the obvious factor in taking some time to ensure the right boss comes in.

Matteo is a columnist for the Yorkshire Evening Post and will know the insides of the club more than the majority of other names being considered.

The fact that the remainder of the campaign is fairly meaningless will also provide time to assess the squad before having a real tilt next season in achieving promotion to the Premier League.

Money is obviously the big thing that will play a role in who is appointed, not only in terms of salary, but whether they will have to pay compensation elsewhere.

This factor alone rules out Gus Poyet jumping ship from Brighton and so he can be opposed at 8/1 to be the next Leeds manager.

Roberto Di Matteo is favourite at 6/4, but his status as a former Champions League winner is likely to make him too expensive to bring in.

Brian McDermott is 2/1 and appears a more probable appointment, even though his spell in the Premier League with Reading may have upped his salary demands.

David O’Leary is another that would like the chance to take charge of Leeds again and he is among a number of candidates available at 20/1.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.