Leeds to name new manager this week

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Leeds United will appoint their new manager later this week, according to a reliable journalist.

Former Sky Sports writer Pete O’Rourke, who contributes to ESPN FC,  took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon to claim that United have narrowed their search down to a preferred candidate and an announcement is imminent.

O’Rourke, who is a reliable source of information, reported that the new man will likely be in place by Sunday at the latest.

His update is set to send Leeds fans into a frenzy given the lack of firm links as to who is in line to replace Garry Monk, who handed in his resignation three weeks ago.

The bookmakers’ odds have changed frequently in the subsequent period, with the likes of Aitor Karanka, Alan Pardew, Claudio Ranieri, Victor Sanchez and Monk’s former number two Pep Clotet all installed as favourite at some point.

Spaniard Sanchez currently has that honour, narrowly ahead of his countryman Quique Sanchez Flores, who in charge at Catalan outfit Espanyol and guided them to eighth place in the competitive La Liga in the recently completed domestic season.

A number of managers from Spain havebeen heavily linked with the Leeds role following the appointment of ex-Middlesbrough recruitment guru Victor Orta as the director of football.

Elland Road owner Andrea Radrizzani has begun interviewing candidates to replace Monk but has said he will take his time to ensure the correct appointment is made.

Monk was unveiled as the new manager of recently relegated Middlesbrough on Monday.

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