By Danny Wright

13th Apr, 2018 | 4:31pm

Betting suspended on McCarthy to take over at Leeds

Betting has been suspended on Mick McCarthy to be named as the next Leeds United manager, according to the latest bookmakers’ odds.

PaddyPower opened the market on who will replace Paul Heckingbottom at Elland Road on Thursday with McCarthy, 59, installed being installed as the 6/1 favourite.

However on Friday, the betting company blocked punters from betting on the former Ipswich manager becoming the next manager to take the Leeds hotseat.

This comes after Football Insider exclusively revealed on Wednesday that Heckingbottom is set to be sacked by the Whites after a less than impressive run of form.

Leeds are drawing up a list of replacements to Heckingbottom, who has won just two games since replacing Thomas Christiansen at the helm in February.

McCarthy quit Ipswich earlier than expected this week when he walked out after beating Barnsley 1-0 on Tuesday night.

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The Yorkshireman was due to leave Portman Road at the end of the campaign when his deal expired.

Football Insider verdict

It is starting to look increasingly likely that Andrea Radrizzani will pull the trigger and sack Heckingbottom in the summer. Thomas Christiansen proved that he was much better with this squad of players and Leeds have nosedived down the Championship standings since replacing their manager. Heckingbottom has turned out to be the wrong appointment and someone like McCarthy would be a steady pair of hands to take charge and provide stability to what seems like a poisoned chalice.

In other Leeds United news, a £1.5million deal has been agreed for this defender wanted by the Whites.

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