Marco Silva's odds slashed to become next Leeds United manager

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 01 May 2018, 09:16

Marco Silva has been dancing from one manager market to the next since he was sacked by Watford in January.

The Portuguese coach has been linked with the likes of Everton, Ipswich, West Brom, and even Arsenal, while he can now re-add Leeds to that list after bookmakers Paddy Power slashed his odds.

Over the weekend Silva was a 33/1 shot to replace the under-fire Paul Heckingbottom at Elland Road, odds which have since been significantly reduced to 15/2 in the Next Leeds Manager Market.

Mick McCarthy, who is now the odds-on favourite to return to Sunderland, remains the frontrunner for the Whites job, ahead of Nigel Pearson, Steve McClaren, Silva, Slaven Bilic and Alan Pardew.

Many of the above names in the frame will no doubt fail to inspire Leeds fans, however Silva’s sudden presence in the top echelons of the market will certainly get tongues wagging in West Yorkshire.

Silva has, of course, been linked with Leeds before (earlier this season in fact), but nothing materialised.

Silva jetted over to these shores in January 2017 after he was named as the surprise successor to Mike Phelan at Hull City.

Upon his arrival Hull were bottom of the table and went on to suffer the dreaded drop down to the Championship, however Silva only enhanced his reputation following his commendable effort.

Silva then switched to Watford in the summer and enjoyed an electric start to life in Hertfordshire, leading the Hornets up to 4th after eight games.

Everton, who sacked Ronald Koeman, then twice came in for Silva’s services, only to be rebuffed on both occasions.

This obviously affected both Silva and Watford, who completely crumbled, with Silva sent packing at the start of 2018.

Silva will be wounded with how his spell at Watford ended, but after taking some time out to reflect, the 40-year-old will no doubt be raring to go again as he weighs up his summer options.

Where he’ll end up is anyone's guess.

However, if Leeds do axe struggling Heckingbottom, then Silva would be a bold, ambitious, and exciting appointment as the club bids to end their lengthy absence from the top-flight.

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