*Last updated 31 May 2023
Steven Gerrard has become the latest favourite for the vacant Leeds United manager's job. The 43-year-old will be looking for a return to football management and his price has been steadily shortening to take charge at Elland Road ahead of the 2023/24 season.
Football betting sites still think there's a reasonable chance that Sam Allardyce will remain in charge of Leeds despite their relegation and it could come down to whether the former Bolton and West Ham manager has the appetite for a longer contract.
Despite being out of the Premier League, Leeds will be an attractive proposition for lots of high-calibre managers, with Brendan Rodgers and Lee Bowyer also among the favourites. Perhaps Ralph Hasenhuttl is someone who could fit the bill, with Carlos Corberan also among the market leaders with the best bookmakers.
Sam Allardyce made a shock return to Premier League management and had the difficult job of keeping Leeds United afloat this season. With the odds stacked against the team, they ended up finishing five points adrift of safety.
The Whites were fighting against relegation for most of the campaign, and the fact that they are now in the Championship means the squad will have to be reshaped. It will be interesting to see whether Allardyce has the appetite for a longer deal considering his initial remit was to take charge for four games and try to steer the team out of choppy waters.
The former West Ham manager has been a huge managerial success during a long career, and perhaps we'll see the 68-year-old in the dugout next season in an attempt to transform the fortunes of the team. He was clearly lured back into management due to the size and history of Leeds, with this representing an opportunity for him to be successful by either guiding the Whites in an upwards direction or alternatively getting them promoted back to the Premier League.
Now that the 2022/23 season has finished, betting sites have him as the current favourite to be in charge at Leeds next season.
Steven Gerrard has been out of work since being sacked by Aston Villa on 20 October 2022, with the 43-year-old paying the price for a poor start to the 2022/23 season after there had previously been lots of hope that he could continue the sterling work that had been achieved since he had replaced Dean Smith.
Gerrard will be eager to return to football management in some shape or form, with the Liverpool legend having cut his teeth at Rangers and performed impressively in the dugout. Not only did the Gers end Celtic's monopoly of the Scottish Premiership shortly after he took charge, they also went an entire season unbeaten.
Bookmakers regard him as one of the favourites to replace Sam Allardyce at Leeds, although his time at Aston Villa might deter the Leeds board from going in this direction, with Gerrard having no experience of managing in the English Championship.
Brendan Rodgers continues to bide his time after leaving Leicester City. The 50-year-old has held a number of high-profile managerial roles during a largely successful career, with the Northern Irishman having enjoyed spells with Watford and Reading before steering Swansea City into the Premier League.
His success at the Welsh club alerted Liverpool, and Rodgers was able to create an attacking and entertaining team between 2012 and 2015, which saw the Reds come desperately close to becoming champions of England. After leaving Anfield, he then headed north of the border to become a successful manager of Celtic.
Between 2019 and 2023, Rodgers created a successful Leicester City team who twice went close to qualifying for the Champions League and won the FA Cup. Although the 2022-23 campaign was a mixed bag that resulted in the manager leaving the King Power Stadium to be replaced by Dean Smith. But there's little doubt that Rodgers is a high-calibre candidate who could be interested in furthering his career at Leeds.
Now that Leeds have left the Premier League, there could be a search for someone with experience of managing in the Championship. According to the latest betting odds, Lee Bowyer could be in line to make a return to Elland Road, with the former midfielder having spent the best playing years of his career at the club.
The 46-year-old made 203 appearances for United between 1996 and 2003, scoring 38 goals and he has plenty of managerial experience. Having returned to The Valley to manage Charlton Athletic between 2018 and 2021. After steering Charlton to League One promotion during his first season in charge, the manager then took charge of Birmingham City.
The bookies think we might see Leeds interview Bowyer for the vacant role and he could be open to returning to yet another of his former clubs. Perhaps he can help galvanise supporters who are lamenting the fact that the board have seen fit to depose Marcelo Bielsa and Jesse Marsch in more recent times.
Ralph Hasenhuttl could be in the running to become the next permanent manager of Leeds United. Like Jesse Marsch, he's a former RB Leipzig manager who has plenty of Premier League managerial experience after being in charge of Southampton for several seasons. It was only this campaign where things went awry and the Saints ended up being relegated.
Not that Hasenhuttl will have a relegation on his CV, and he will point to all that he achieved at St Mary's. The Austrian presided over the Southampton first team between 2018 and 2022, keeping them afloat in the top flight despite having one of the smallest budgets. He was successful with the majority of his transfers and had to contend with some of his better players leaving.
Hasenhuttl has been looking for new opportunities since leaving Southampton in November after the team had experienced a slow start with a return of 12 points from 14 games played. However, he is highly-regarded in European football and could be open to the idea of building a squad in his own image.
Carlos Corberan is also among the favourites to become the next Leeds United manager with betting apps. The Spaniard is someone who could definitely be on the radar now that the Yorkshire outfit have been relegated from the Premier League to the Championship. After all, the 40-year-old has plenty of experience coaching in the second flight, with the manager having been successful at Huddersfield Town between 2020 and 2022.
Corberan had no right to steer Huddersfield into the Championship play-offs in the 2021/22 season where they were beaten by Nottingham Forest in the final, with the manager then having a brief spell with Olympiacos before taking charge of West Brom this season. It's worth noting that Corberan was linked to the Leeds manager's position after Jesse Marsch was sacked in February, and that prompted West Brom to offer their coach a new contract until 2027.
However, Albion haven't fulfilled their potential despite that bright start under the manager, and it could be that Leeds make a fresh approach for Corberan in the summer, with the Spaniard thought to be ambitious and perhaps the Yorkshire club would represent a better chance of success.
Graham Potter probably didn't expect to find himself in this position a year ago. The 47-year-old went into the 2022/23 season as manager of Brighton & Hove Albion and things started really well, with the former Swansea boss looking to steer the Seagulls into the European positions and his team played really attractive football.
However, Potter couldn't resist the overtures from Chelsea, and he was appointed head coach at Stamford Bridge in early September. At the time, he was handed a five-year deal by owner Todd Boehly, who had actively pursued Potter as soon as he had dispensed with the highly-regarded Thomas Tuchel.
Things didn't work out well at Chelsea for Potter, and he was relieved of first-team duties by the club who continue to be in the doldrums without this coach. However, Chelsea's loss could be Leeds' gain and perhaps this is a club where the manager can rebuild his reputation and a squad capable of being successful in the Premier League.
Rafael Benitez left Everton when he last managed in the Premier League and the Spaniard might be interested in the Leeds United post. Benitez has enjoyed spells with Liverpool, Chelsea, Newcastle and the Toffees, so it's not a big shock to find the experienced coach among the favourites for the Leeds role.
Leeds have a huge fanbase, which is not dissimilar to that of Newcastle, a club where Benitez had plenty of adoration. The Yorkshire club might want a younger replacement for Javi Gracia considering they were fighting against relegation, and it’s not a situation where the former Valencia boss has a stack of experience.
However, Benitez is seemingly a wanted man and has been strongly linked to the prospect of managing West Ham. Perhaps Leeds might make an approach for someone who has performed well with Newcastle United in a similar position, although he would want assurances that he can reshape his squad in the summer.
If you have a free bet available with one of the bookmakers, then it could be worth speculating on Nuno Espirito Santo to become the next permanent manager of Leeds United. The Portuguese has shortened in the market for the vacant position, and there's a feeling that Leeds might want to hire someone who completely transformed the fortunes of Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Forget Nuno's ill-fated spell at Tottenham where the cards were always stacked against him. The 49-year-old can proudly reflect on his time with Wolves, where he was able to steer them to promotion from the Championship at the first time of asking. Following on from this, the current Al-Ittihad boss was then able to navigate Wanderers to lofty finishes in the Premier League for two successive seasons.
It is possible that Nuno will remain in charge of the Saudi Arabian club for the foreseeable future and continue to earn a handsome salary as a result. However, the allure of a big club such as Leeds means that he can't be discounted at this stage.