Championship

Leeds tight-lipped about Monk successor

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Leeds United are pressing ahead with their managerial search but are remaining tight-lipped about the identity of Garry Monk’s successor, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The newspaper report that the Championship club are “keeping their cards close to their chest” as they aim to fill the dugout seat left vacant by Monk’s shock resignation 11 days ago.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that Leeds have narrowed their search after ruling out three high-profile managers who have been linked to the post.

It is said that early frontrunner Aitor Karanka, ex-Swansea manager Michael Laudrup and Preston boss Simon Grayson, who spent four years in charge at Leeds, are not being considered.

Intriguingly, ex-Tottenham boss Juande Ramos was linked to the Leeds job by the Spanish media at the weekend.

The 62-year-old has been out of work after leaving Malaga last December, the 16th post of his 27-year managerial career.

Ramos had his most successful spell as a manager at Sevilla, who he steered to consecutive UEFA Cup triumphs in 2006 and 2007, while he also was the last Tottenham manager to win a trophy when they secured the League Cup in 2008.

Leeds are looking for their eighth manager in four years after Monk snubbed the offer of a one-year extension to the 12-month deal he signed when he was appointed in June of last summer.

Elland Road owner Andrea Radrizzani subsequently claimed that he also intended to offer the 38-year-old a long-term contract after he steered Leeds to an against-the-odds seventh-place finish last season.

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