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Former Argentina boss heavy favourite as odds offered on Russell Crowe to take over at Leeds United

A former Argentina manager is the bookies' heavy favourite to take the reigns at Leeds United following the sacking of Paul Heckingbottom.

Marcelo Bielsa led his national team from 1998 to 2004. His side won their qualifying group for the 2002 World Cup but failed to progress through the group stage. He held on to his role, though, and led Agentina to the final of the 2004 Copa América tournament as well as a gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games.

He's highly-regarded across the game but Bielsa's most recent managerial job was a tough seven month spell at OSC Lille in 2017. A run of one win in 10 games at the start of the 17/18 season left the club languishing towards the bottom of Ligue 1. Bielsa, 62, was sacked in December.

A senior figure at the club was later quoted as saying that 'mistakes' had been made, namely giving Bielsa 'practically all the power' at the club.

He had previously resigned as Marseille boss in 2015 and then spent just two days officially in charge of Lazio in the summer of 2016. He went on to voice his frustrations after the club failed to sign any of their seven transfer targets after four weeks of working, while 18 players had left since the previous season.

Claudio Ranieri, who of course led Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016, is second favourite at 3/1.

Mick McCarthy is the top Irishman in the bookies' reckoning; fifth favourite at 13/1. Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill and his assistant Roy Keane are both available at 66/1.

Actor Russell Crowe, a self-professed Leeds fan thanks to watching the team from his native New Zealand on Match of the Day in the 70s, is even available at 500/1. If it's there, we'll give you the money ourselves.

Odds on Leeds United's next permanent manager (via Paddy Power)

Marcelo Bielsa - 4/9

Claudio Ranieri - 3/1

Ruben de la Barrera - 11/1

Filippo Inzaghi - 11/1

Mick McCarthy - 13/1

Jaap Stam - 14/1

Michael Laudrup - 14/1

Sam Allardyce - 18/1

David O’Leary - 20/1

Nigel Pearson - 20/1

Slaven Bilic - 20/1

Quique Sanchez Flores - 25/1

Gordon Strachan - 40/1

Alan Pardew - 50/1

Hannes Wolf - 50/1

Sol Campbell - 50/1

Paul Clement - 50/1

Simon Grayson - 50/1

Fernando Hierro - 50/1

Gianfranco Zola - 50/1

Roberto Di Matteo - 50/1

Pep Clotet - 50/1

Nigel Adkins - 50/1

Diego Lopez - 50/1

Ian Harte - 50/1

Thomas Christiansen - 50/1

Dougie Freedman - 66/1

Neil Redfearn - 66/1

Alex Neil - 66/1

Kenny Jackett - 66/1

Paulo Sousa - 66/1

Slavisa Jokanovic - 66/1

Alejandro Sabella - 66/1

Derek McInnes - 66/1

Aitor Karanka - 66/1

Walter Mazzarri - 66/1

Sinisa Mihajlovic - 66/1

Martin O’Neill - 66/1

JF Hasselbaink - 66/1

Paul Ince - 66/1

Uwe Rosler - 66/1

Victor Sanchez - 66/1

Roy Keane - 66/1

Juande Ramos - 66/1

Clarence Seedorf - 66/1

Phil Parkinson - 66/1

Stuart McCall - 66/1

Tony Dorigo - 66/1

Robert Molenaar - 66/1

Ryan Giggs - 100/1

Roberto Mancini - 100/1

Paul Lambert - 100/1

Roy Hodgson - 100/1

David Moyes - 100/1

Neil Warnock - 100/1

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau - 500/1

Russell Crowe - 500/1

Massimo Cellino - 500/1

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