Betting update: Leeds boss Monk in the running to join Premier League club

By Alex Stevens

Garry Monk is in the running to become the new manager of Middlesbrough, according to the latest bookmakers’ odds.

Sky Bet have priced the Leeds boss at 25/1 to succeed Aitor Karanka as the next permanent manager at the Riverside Stadium.

Caretaker boss Steve Agnew is the 4/6 favourite, ahead of Guus Hiddink (5/1), Nigel Pearson (6/1) and Harry Redknapp (8/1) in the betting.

Monk is more distantly priced but it is little wonder he is priced as a contender given there is doubt about the former Swansea manager’s future at Elland Road beyond this season.

The 38-year-old admitted earlier this month that he is out of contract in the summer and has not yet opened talks with Leeds chiefs about an extension.

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Monk has enhanced his reputation at Leeds after transforming the fortunes of the team and overseeing a revival that has taken them to fourth in the Championship and well placed to clinch a play-off spot.

Premier League Boro announced on Thursday they had sacked Karanka after a ten-match winless run left them in the relegation zone, three points from safety.

It has been reported that Spaniard Karanka clashed with a number of Middlesbrough players, including Stewart Downing and Patrick Bamford, as he tried to stem the team’s decline.

Karanka’s former assistant Steve Agnew has been placed in caretaker charge of the Premier League outfit and chairman Steve Gibson has insisted he will be given the chance to prove himself as a possible permanent incumbent.

In other Leeds news, the Yorkshire giants are in shock talks to sign a Liverpool attacking player.

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