Reports on Tuesday say Paco Gallardo is set to join Leeds United’s coaching staff after accepting an offer from Victor Orta, to work across the first team and the academy – but who is he, and could he replace Jesse Marsch?
The 42-year-old Spaniard has been out of work after managing Sevilla’s B-team. One of Orta’s old sides, the Leeds sporting director clearly knows Orta well. Spanish outlet Mucho Deporte say he is set to join Leeds. But who is he?
Gallardo playing CV
Gallardo started his playing career at Sevilla and went on to clock up 118 league appearances for the La Liga club. He also played for a number of other Spanish clubs, including Getafe, Deportivo, Murcia and Huesca.
Other than a brief loan spell in Portugal, he spent the entirety of his career in Spain before moving to Hungary. Two spells, with two clubs, over the space of three years. He retired in 2014, after more than 300 league games.
Gallardo management CV
Returning to Sevilla in 2015, Gallardo worked with Sevilla’s youth team. Then, in 2017, he was given a promotion – working as the club’s C-team manager – the equivalent of an Under-18 manager. He became B-team boss in 2019.
Lasting around 18 months as manager of Sevilla’s second string – who play in the fourth tier of Spanish football – he clocked up 54 games in charge. In that time, Gallardo won 19 games, but also lost 19 times.
What will he be doing at Leeds?
The report states he will be to work across the first-team, under-21s and academy, focusing on the transition of young players from team to team – eventually preparing them for the demands of senior football, under Marsch.
Leeds have a whole host of young players going from U21’s to first team, and U18’s to U21’s. It will see him help the likes of Crysencio Summerville, Joe Gelhardt and other second-string players transition from second team, to firsts.
Could he end up replacing Marsch?
While Marsch secured a win over Liverpool, the pressure is still on. So, could Orta be preparing for the worst – and bringing in a man that could cover the loss of Marsch? Unlikely, given Gallardo’s lack of experience as a manager.
But, it might just give Leeds a man with the CV to come in as a caretaker manager – if needed. But one would argue that there are already potential replacements to fill the void temporarily, Mark Jackson being the number one option.