Mick McCarthy favourite to replace Paul Heckingbottom at Leeds United

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 12 April 2018, 15:34

Mick McCarthy could be set to make a swift return to management after the former Ipswich Town boss was installed as the favourite in the newly opened Next Leeds Manager Market.

McCarthy, who was the Championship’s longest-serving manager, brought an end to his five-and-a-half-year tenure at Portman Road on Tuesday night, having previously stated that he’d be departing in the summer.

Leeds, a club well accustomed to changing managers, are currently led by Paul Heckingbottom who left Barnsley in order to replace the sacked Thomas Christiansen back in February.

However, Heckingbottom now finds himself under pressure after only 12 games at the helm.

The 40-year-old has so far registered just 10 points and two wins, which has dropped Leeds down to 14th in the second-tier - a whopping 14 points adrift of the top-6.

In contrast Christiansen collected 18 points and five wins from his final 12 games at the helm.

Heckingbottom’s job has subsequently come under severe threat, meaning the trigger-happy Yorkshire club could soon be searching for their fourth gaffer in the space of a year.

Bookmakers Paddy Power have now opened up the next Leeds manager market, and it’s McCarthy who has emerged as the early frontrunner at 6/1, followed by Steve McClaren, Nigel Pearson and Alan Pardew, who have all suffered the sack at various points during the last 18 months.

After leaving Ipswich McCarthy told talkSPORT:

“I want to get back in. I’m hungry for another job and another challenge.

“If the right job comes up, I’ll take it. I would like an opportunity to get back into the Premier League.”

McClaren was most recently working over in Israel as a coaching consultant, Pearson is in charge of Belgian side OH Leuven, while Pardew was axed by Premier League basement club West Brom last week after registering only one win from 18 league games.

Leeds fans are unlikely to be too inspired by the presence of the above quartet in the upper echelons of the new market, but former West Ham boss Slaven Bilic catches the eye at 12/1, while ex-Whites assistant Pep Clotet is a juicy 50/1 outsider.

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