Bookies were wrong, Karanka is not wanted by Leeds United

Out-of-work former Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka is not being considered by Leeds United as a contender for their vacancy, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

What’s the word?

After the Whites appointed Boro’s former head of recruitment Victor Ora as their new director of football, the bookmakers’ odds tumbled on Karanka becoming Garry Monk’s replacement.

The Spaniard worked alongside Orta for over a year before he left his job at the Riverside in March, with the club three points from safety.

Despite the bookie’s odds, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports that Karanka is not being considered for the position at Leeds.

So, who is?

Unfortunately there are no huge indications as to who Leeds are considering appointing, but Sky Bet have assistant coach Pep Clotet as a contender, while Claudio Ranieri is at 7/1.

The Italian has reiterated that he is keen to return to management following his shock sacking from Leicester City in February.

Not only that, Ranieri has specified that England is one of the places that he wants to coach in.

It remains to be seen whether he is only considering Premier League football or would be willing to drop into the Championship.

Roberto Di Matteo, who failed in his short spell at Aston Villa, and Nigel Pearson are also among the bookie’s candidates.