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Michael Taylor 21st Dec 2008 - 15:17

Leeds get rid of McAllister

Gary McAllister has been shown the Elland Road exit door after a run of five successive losses has seen Leeds United fall to ninth in League One, five points off the play-offs.

The pressure had been mounting on former Scotland international McAllister ever since their miserable FA Cup second round exit to non-league Histon, and a dismal 3-1 loss away at Milton Keynes Dons proved to be the last straw.

Now it is up to Chairman Ken Bates to appoint a manager that can not only turn the Whites fortunes around but also live up to the ever increasing expectation surrounding the club.

The current favourite to take up the hotseat is former Leeds and Tottenham Assistant Manager Gus Poyet, priced at 2/1.

Poyet understands the Leeds crowd having forged a good relationship with them during his brief spell at the club, and alongside Dennis Wise he oversaw one of the more successful runs in Leeds recent, dark years.

The Uruguayan is currently unemployed following his turgid spell under Juande Ramos at Spurs and is likely to be itching to get back in the game.

Second in the betting is another man with Leeds United connections, Oldham Athletic manager John Sheridan, priced 3/1.

The Irishman played over 200 games for the club during the 1980s and is a much loved character amongst the Elland Road faithful. The question is whether Sheridan would walk out on the Latics having seen them into a solid play-off position - he would be stupid not too if Ken came calling.

Other reasonable shouts could be out of work managers Billy Davies (7/2), Aidy Boothroyd (4/1) and Iain Dowie (14/1), while Roberto Di Matteo (8/1), who is showing a lot of potential at Milton Keynes and Blackpool's Simon Grayson (9/1) could be attracted to the former giants.

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