By Alex Stevens
Darrell Clarke has been installed as the odds-on favourite to be the new Leeds manager.
The Bristol Rovers manager became the 1/3 favourite with Sky Bet on Monday evening, leapfrogging previous leading contender Karl Robinson.
MK Dons manager Robinson had been 1/8 earlier in the day but he has now drifted out to 4/1.
The duo are well ahead in the betting to be manager for the first Leeds match of next season over equal third favourites John Sheridan and current boss Steve Evans, who are both a relatively distant 8-1.
The betting odds changed as it emerged that Robinson had rejected the chance to become the new Leeds manager after holding talks with owner Massimo Cellino.
The Yorkshire giants reportedly intend to speak to Rovers about the availability of Clarke, who has steered the club to back-to-back promotions since they dropped out of the Football League in 2014.
Evans’ reign could also be over within days, as his contract at Leeds expires in June and his job has been left hanging by a thread after Cellino accused him of “talking too much” and claiming he “cannot work with English managers.”
Evans is in line to become the sixth manager to be dismissed since Cellino took over the Yorkshire club in 2014.
But the Scot, 53, is increasingly in demand after steering Leeds away from a relegation fight and has been linked with Nottingham Forest and League One club Peterborough.
Evans, who achieved promotions with Rotherham and Crawley before being lured to Elland Road last October, has accepted he has “maybe” managed the club for the final time.