Fabio Cannavaro or Walter Zenga
Italy’s World Cup winning defender was heavily linked with the position before Sky Bet even opened betting, with another former Italian, Walter Zenga, then the initial bookmakers’ favourite, and as short as 4-6.
It is unclear whether there was any genuine interest in former goalkeeper Zenga but he was quickly pushed out in the betting.
Was at one stage as short as 1-6, the former Whites midfielder, then in charge of Oldham Athletic, was heavily linked with the job but nothing official was confirmed and the 51-year-old eventually signed a deal to manage League Two side Notts County.
With Sheridan still at Oldham, MK Dons boss Karl Robinson then became the new odds on favourite for the Leeds post and the 35-year-old is thought to have personally met Whites chairman Massimo Cellino in person in London.
Whether Robinson was actually offered the job is unclear but whilst admitting to being “surprised” and “flattered” to be considered for the Whites post, he nonetheless made his intentions to stay with the relegated Dons clear.
Robinson - who had been as short as 1-8 - was then replaced at the head of the market by Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke whose switch to Leeds looked imminent.
Bristol Rovers confirmed that United had made an initial and official approach to speak to Clarke who was also as short as 1-8 favourite at one point.
But the 38-year-old was also offered a new deal by Rovers - the second deal making him the highest paid manager in the club’s history - and the 38-year-old opted to sign a new three-year-contract with the team recently promoted from League Two.
Took over Swansea in the February of 2014 following the sacking of Michael Laudrup but only lasted until the December of 2015 as the threat of relegation was cast over the Premier League club.
Having played in every division for the Welsh club, he is Swansea through and through, and it remains to be seen whether he would be interested in diving back into the game by taking on such a huge challenge at Leeds.