As Leeds’ managerial search reaches what seems to be it’s 200th week, it seems to be finally nearing a close. According to reports, Leeds will have announced their manager and preseason schedule by the end of this week and all signs are pointing to a Spanish manager. Leeds have Ivan Bravo on the board of directors, Victor Orta as director of football and they could be joined by one of Fernando Hierro, Victor Sanchez or Quique Sánchez Flores. They have differing levels of success to say the least. Hierro stepped down as Real Oviedo manager yesterday, catapulting him to the top of the betting for the Leeds job, he’s only had one season as a manager, finishing 8th in the Spanish second tier with Real Oviedo, with a record of 16 wins, 10 draws and 16 losses. Not exactly the track record we were hoping for, right? However, Hierro is a Real Madrid legend as a player, which may cloud the judgement of many.
Victor Sanchez is thought to be a backup option and looking at his record I hope he stays that way. As we wrote about here, Sanchez has a very poor record, including only lasting two games at Olympiacos. However, the most exciting option is that of Quique Sánchez Flores. Flores has had good spells as manager of many different clubs, including Atletico Madrid, where he won the Uefa cup, Valencia, where he made the quarter finals of the Champions League and Watford, where he gained a mid table finish and an FA Cup semi-final. The trouble with Flores is that he’s currently employed by Espanyol, hardly a poor job, Espanyol finished 8th in La Liga, winning 15, drawing 11 and losing 12.
Out of the three options, it’s safe to say Flores is the best option and I would personally be thrilled if he was our new manager. Whoever Radrizzani decides to appoint, it will define his time as owner, Cellino’s first appointment was David Hockaday and we all know how that went. We need promotion this season and that means a promotion-caliber manager. Let us know what you think, who do you want as the next Leeds manager?