As per widespread reports yesterday, Robbie Fowler is ready to turn his back on sidekick Steve McManaman and their property-developing enterprise to manage troubled Championship side Leeds United.
With no relevant experience (aside from managing the aforementioned property venture and Thai outfit Muangthong United), or prior attempts to land a managerial post in England, the Liverpool legend’s application for the Elland Road hotseat ranks as something of a surprise.
But prospective future employer Massimo Cellino is, amongst many other things, not averse to a left-field appointment, meaning the man who the Whites forked out £12m to sign in a bygone era could well be worth a punt in the Leeds next manager betting at 11/1.
However, there’s another Premier League goalscoring extraordinaire loitering around the same region in the current market who’s much better placed to reward backers.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who struck 34 times in 69 outings for the west Yorkshire club, is a 14/1 offering in the running after departing Belgian side Royal Antwerp.
The Dutch marksman is keen on the position, telling Talksport:
“But if they (Leeds) want to talk to me, of course I would be interested. Who doesn’t want to manage Leeds United? It’s one of the ten biggest jobs in the country.”
His one-year stint in Belgium’s second-tier saw him guide Antwerp to a solid seventh-place finish.
Away from home, his exploits were particularly laudable, with just five defeats besmirching their Royal Highnesses from 17 sojourns.
With three defeats from as many road trips, sharpening up their travelling form is a prerequisite if the three-time English champions aim to avoid a return to League One.
Antwerp’s record on the homestead wasn’t quite so impressive, but a haul of 13 wins from his first campaign in charge is definitely respectable.
Such an appointment would undoubtedly help endear Cellino to any dissenting Leeds fans, masking the glaring error made in handing the reigns to Hockaday.
As it stands, though, Hasselbaink must beat off Paolo Di Canio (9/4), Neil Redfearn (5/2) and Steve Clarke (11/4) at the head of the betting if he has designs on manning the Whites’ rudder next.