Odds on Simon Grayson returning as Leeds United manager have fallen sharply in the last 24 hours.

Grayson was considered to be a rank outsider by bookies who were offering odds as high as 50/1 when betting on Hockaday’s successor began, but those odds have now been slashed to 4/1.

Neil Redfearn is also considered a serious contender after guiding The Whites to victory against Bolton Wanderers yesterday with his odds now hovering around the 5/1 mark.

Favourite for the job is former West Brom boss Steve Clarke, while early favourite Rolando Maran is still commanding odds of 3/1 and Oscar Garcia makes up the top five contenders at 4/1.

As ever, there’s a few random names being touted by the bookies too, none more so than Alan Parkes who’s a 16/1 contender according to Sky Bet (I’d never heard of him, but apparently he’s a youth coach…?)

UPDATE (16:46). Odds continue to fall on Simon Grayson with BetVictor (Evens), Sky Bet (6/4) and William Hill (9/4) all listing him as their new favourite.