The Times claim Leeds United have whittled down their manager list to just three names as they continue their search for Jesse Marsch’s replacement – in the form of Andoni Iraola, Arne Slot and River Plate legend Marcelo Gallardo.
Rayo Vallecano manager Iraola has caught the eye after starring as the La Liga club’s boss. Still young at 40, Iraola has guided Rayo to promotion during his tenure. This term, Iraola has pushed Rayo to an incredible fifth place in the table.
A manager that played under Marcelo Bielsa at Bilbao, and alongside Jack Harrison at New York City. On Tuesday, it emerged that Feyenoord manager Slot was a consideration. Slot has pushed Feyenoord to first place in the Eredivisie.
But the latest is a name that has not been suggested regularly in the last few days – but has long been linked with the Elland Road hotseat. Gallardo, 47, had managed River Plate since 2014. Winning 14 hours, he left the club in December.
Leeds whittle down list to three names including Gallardo, out of a club
Iraola is a young manager with Bielsa connotations and a relationship with Harrison. Slot is impressing in his home country and has a chance of winning the division. He managed Luis Sinisterra during the 21-22 season at Feyenoord.
But Gallardo is clearly a manager that Victor Orta likes. He has long been linked with a move to Leeds. An exciting manager, a loyal leader but a winner, too. He clocked up 424 matches as River Plate boss – yet to make a move.
Now, Gallardo is without a club and it might be that Leeds lure him to the Premier League. An opportunity that the ex-Nacional boss deserves. If he does make the move to Leeds, who knows. Maybe, he can be like our previous Argentine.