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Leeds United are looking for a new manager on the back of a very backwards season. This has led us to some great betting opportunities.
We have taken a close look at the next Leeds manager odds market. Leeds are not always conventional when it comes to picking managers, which works in our favour as bettors.
The Yorkshire side had three gaffers take the wheel last season who all had varying styles. They started with modern manager Jesse Marsch and finished the season with one of the most old fashioned managers in the business, ‘Big’ Sam Allardyce.
This leaves many scratching their heads when looking at the next Leeds manager odds. Will they go for another hard headed, no nonsense man like Allardyce? Or will they revert back to a more modern style as seen with Marsch and Bielsa?
Former Norwich manager Daniel Farke is the odds-on favourite, but nothing’s signed yet. In this piece we will have a deep-dive into the top six bookie’s favourite candidates and why you should consider staking a few quid on the next Leeds manager odds.
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Next permanent Leeds manager odds
|Potential Next Manager||Odds (via PaddyPower)|
|Daniel Farke (GER)||1.2|
|Patrick Vieira (FRA)||3.75|
|Scott Parker (ENG)||7.5|
|Graham Potter (ENG)||26.0|
|Carlos Carvalhal (POR)||26.0|
|Gary O’Neil (ENG)||26.0|
Daniel Farke emerges as clear favourite
Daniel Farke is at the top of the Leeds next manager odds at almost every bookie. The German manager made his name in English football when he took over Norwich City back in 2017. His first season at the Norfolk club was nothing to write home about. It was his second season that really won the hearts of the Canaries.
He led them to the Championship title which includes promotion to the Premier League. They then had a ‘yo-yo spell’ which means they were relegated back to the Championship, promoted back up to the Premier League and then were relegated again with Farke being dismissed by the club in November of that season. His reign finished with a 41.8% win rate.
He has most recently managed German side Borussia Monchengladbach but was sacked after just one season. Leaving him readily available to take the Leeds job should he be offered it. He’s the odds on next Leeds manager at 1.2 on Paddy Power.
Patrick Vieira to bring counter attacking excitement to Leeds?
Patrick Vieira was the odds on favourite to be the next Leeds manager for a while but in recent days his odds have slightly faltered. However, there is still a strong chance that the former Arsenal midfielder and Crystal Palace manager could be seen at Elland Road next season.
Vieira was a man full of surprises during his short tenure at Palace. Many were expecting him to have a similar story to Frank de Boer. He was sacked after just four games in charge of the Eagles. Vieira couldn’t have been more contrasting to de Boer in his first campaign. He survived the season which is a rarity in itself in modern football and he managed to secure a 12th place finish. 13 points clear of the drop zone.
Palace fans were very excited to see a refreshing counter-attacking style of play. Eze, Zaha and Gallagher were regular features. Unfortunately, Vieira couldn’t replicate his success in his second season and was let go before the campaigns’ close after a long winless run.
Vieira is a young manager with a bright future, there is still a strong chance he secures another big job in English football.
Scott Parker to redeem himself in Yorkshire?
Scott Parker was always a very reliable stalwart in his playing career. He was a player that could be trusted in the midfield no matter the opponent. His managerial career hasn’t quite been as consistent. Especially at Premier League level.
He was able to lead Fulham to promotion via the play-offs in his first full season as gaffer. Which was an incredible achievement for such a young manager. Sadly, he was unable to keep Fulham in the Premier League.
His next job came at AFC Bournemouth. This was arguably Parker’s most impressive managerial stint to date. He led the Cherries to automatic promotion, finishing second to his old boys Fulham. Once again however, the Premier League proved too much for the young manager. After suffering a PL record equalling 9-0 defeat and publicly criticising the club’s ownership, he was sacked.
Parker has proven himself to be well suited for guiding teams to promotion and could work as a stop gap for Leeds next season. His odds being at 7.5 is quite reasonable.
Graham Potter to cast a spell at Leeds?
The dramatic rise and fall of Graham Potter in football management is not something you see everyday. His fantastic coaching style and tactical nous made Brighton one of the Premier League’s scariest prospects. This earned him a move to Chelsea in September of 2022, which couldn’t have gone much worse for the Englishman. He holds the record for lowest points-per-game return in Chelsea’s PL history.
He was subsequently sacked in April following a 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa. There is no doubt that Potter is a fantastic manager, it just felt like the Chelsea job was too much too soon for him. A Championship job would be a huge step down for Potter, but it would undoubtedly boost his confidence massively.
Leeds have a squad that is almost tailor made for a coach like Potter. They have lots of hard workers who can press very well. The real challenge would be fine tuning the Yorkshire side’s ball retention which has dropped significantly since the departure of Marcelo Bielsa in 2022.
He’s more of an outside pick at 26.0, but it could happen. He’s a fantastic manager who is near the top of Leeds’ managerial wishlist.
Could Carvalhal return to the North?
Another outside pick in the next Leeds manager odds is Carlos Carvalhal. The Portuguese manager and former player has very much been around the block during his career. He is by far the most experienced manager on this list.
He has managed some huge clubs during his quarter-century of management. Some of these include Sporting, Beşiktaş and Braga. He also has two experiences in English football, managing both Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City. He led Wednesday to a Championship play-off final and managed to knock Arsenal out of the League Cup which ultimately earned him a move to then-Premier-League side, Swansea.
His latest job has been at Celta Vigo. He joined the Spanish side in November 2022. The mission statement was clear, keep them in La Liga and he did it. A win against Barcelona on the final day kept them up. At the end of the season he left the club and is now in the running to take over at Leeds.
This is one we don’t see as very likely, there are more well suited candidates available. We suggest steering clear of this one.
Gary O’Neil to bring fighting mentality to Elland Road?
Gary O’Neil leaving Bournemouth was one of the most shocking things to come out of the off-season so far. Bournemouth were odds-on favourites to face the drop at the beginning of the 2022/23 campaign, but O’Neil defied the odds and led them to comfortable safety.
The Cherries ended up finishing 15th and were safe before the final day. He was unlucky to miss out on a manager of the year nomination.
Given how successful his first season in management was, it surely won’t take long for him to secure another big job. He most definitely deserves it. Leeds will need to be wary though as they have gone with lesser experienced managers in the past and it hasn’t quite worked out.
But, his abrupt departure from Bournemouth could be an indicator that he has something else lined up, potentially the Leeds job. He isn’t at the top of the Leeds next manager odds but he is certainly in the running. His potential alone is enough to secure him a top job soon enough. Could it be at Leeds United?
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