It looks like Paul Heckingbottom’s time at Leeds is quickly coming to an end after it was reported that talks between the manager and owner, Andrea Radrizzani, have not gone well.

And after whispers of a “maverick” foreign coach being top of the Leeds shortlist, leading bookies have slashed the odds on Claudio Ranieri making a sensational switch to Elland Road.

Ranieri is now the joint favourite for the job, at just 10/3 with Paddy Power, the same odds as Filippo Inzaghi.

Ruben de la Barrera, Mick McCarthy, Jaap Stam and Michael Laudrup are all in the frame, but way back in the betting odds.

Four wins in 16 games is a dismal record that Heckingbottom has taken into the summer, and it seems that Radrizzani is not convinced he’s the man to lead his side to promotion next season.

On one hand you can sympathise with the fans – the majority don’t think Heckingbottom has what it takes to turn things around.

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Being generous to Heckingbottom though, you could say he inherited a weak squad and should have a shot at making it right over the summer.

However, with a record that’s worse than the one under his predecessor Thomas Christiansen, it’s hard to argue with the need for a strong, big-name manager, to come in and change things up.

Fans would love it if that man was Ranieri.

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