Betting update: 35-year-old installed odds-on favourite to be next Leeds manager
By Alex Stevens
Karl Robinson has been installed as the odds-on favourite to be the new Leeds manager.
The long-serving MK Dons manager became the 8/11 favourite with Sky Bet on Sunday afternoon, leapfrogging previous leading contender John Sheridan.
Oldham manager Sheridan had been as short as 1/6 earlier in the week but he has now drifted out to 6/4.
The duo are well ahead in the betting to be manager for the first Leeds match of next season over equal third favourites Quique Sanchez Flores and current boss Steve Evans, who are both a relatively distant 12-1.
Robinson, 35, is the third longest-serving boss in English football’s top four tiers after being appointed in May 2010, but could not keep the Dons up in the club’s first Championship season.
Robinson has previously indicated he wants to stay at Stadium:MK and chairman Pete Winkelman has said “it’s in Karl’s hands”, but that he needs to prove he has learned the lessons of this season.
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 owner Massimo 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, broke down in tears in the wake of Leeds’ 1-1 draw against Preston eight days ago and accepted afterwards that he had “maybe” managed the club for the final time.