Javi Gracia was the man the Whites eventually appointed to replace Jesse Marsch after a drawn out hunt for a replacement in the Elland Road dugout.
However, the Spaniard penned a reported “flexible” contract with the club last month, suggesting that the managerial position possibly remains one that Leeds may look to explore further during the summer.
Cadena Ser has claimed that the manager is expected to depart this summer, and his club have already started looking at how to replace him for next season.
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Stability and continuity
Should Gracia keep Leeds up, then the club’s hierarchy will have a decision to make on his future.
It is possible that some continuity may be the best way to go, especially if he comfortably keeps the Whites in the division. Should he do so, many would argue he has earnt the right to remain in charge.
Having familiarity with the players, stability, and time to have assessed his playing squad may place Gracia in the strongest position to kick on next season, with a summer of backing behind him.
The Spaniard arrived without a transfer window to work with, but may earn himself that possibility should his task of survival come to fruition. It may be what is considered the best choice by the Leeds board, too.
Is Iraola the best candidate?
Under his tutelage, Rayo have failed to win since the links to Leeds emerged. Over the last six games they have picked up four draws and lost twice.
Arne Slot is another candidate to consider, with Feyenoord topping the league table, including recently beating Ajax prior to the international break.
Of course, there are other factors to consider in terms of squad and league quality; but Leeds need not be too hasty in making an appointment this summer, and must consider all options available to them.
There will be also be alternatives outside of Iraola and Slot as well. Leeds have to take care in getting this summer right, both on and off the field, with managerial targets and players alike.