Former Leeds Grand Final winner David Furner is the early favourite to become Brian McDermott’s successor at the Rhinos.
SkyBet have priced the 47-year-old, currently assistant coach at NRL outfit South Sydney Rabbitohs, as the 6/4 front-runner to take over at Headingley following McDermott’s sacking this morning.
Ex-Leeds hooker Rob Burrow is next at 4/1, with former New Zealand coach and Hull FC Challenge Cup winner Stephen Kearney at 6/1.
Former Leeds playmaker Ben Walker – who featured for the Rhinos in 2002 has 8/1 next to his name, with another great Kevin Sinfield linked with the post at 10/1.
Hull KR head of rugby Jamie Peacock is priced at 16s, whilst an outside bet would be Daryl Powell – currently coach at Castleford Tigers, Leeds’ next opponents – priced at 25/1.
McDermott departed Leeds following a club record seven successive Super League losses.After succeeding Brian McClennan in October 2010, he and went on to guide Leeds to glory in four Grand Finals, as well as two Challenge Cups and a World Club Challenge.
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The Rhinos were crowned league champions last October but have endured a chastening run in recent weeks, and a 46-8 loss to Wigan last Thursday left them clinging to a top-eight place.