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Spotted: Reported Leeds United manager target seen at music festival

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Former River Plate manager Marcelo Gallardo has been linked with the Leeds United job, but is currently relaxing as he takes time off from management.

The Whites are in the market for a new manager after bidding farewell to Jesse Marsch on Monday, following a defeat to Nottingham Forest.

Michael Skubala is taking charge of the side for tonight’s meeting with Manchester United, as Victor Orta and co continue to pursue a permanent appointment behind the scenes.

Reports from The Times revealed that the three-man shortlist at Elland Road includes Argentine manager Marcelo Gallardo, formerly of River Plate.

The 47-year-old guided River Plate to two separate Copa Libertadores titles in 2015 and 2018 before leaving the club in 2022 with a number of honours to his name.

Leeds’ chances of negotiating with the out-of-work manager look to be extremely slim, as La Pagina Millonaria reveal that he is currently enjoying his time off, having attended the recent Walüng Patagonia music festival in the last week:

Gallardo pictured with DJ Mariano Mellino at the festival. (Photo: Gonzalo López)

The report also details that Gallardo is not likely to consider a new managerial position until the ‘middle of the year’, which would mean at the end of the domestic season for Leeds.

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Gallardo would have been a decent appointment, but this photo and report suggest it’s not going to happen right now.

I think he’s earned his time off and having someone active in the game makes a great deal of sense, rather than someone who has switched off.

We have a great opportunity to appoint a real long-term successor at Elland Road, finally taking us forward after such a great start to life back in the Premier League two seasons ago.

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