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Manager plans comeback after reflecting on fantastic times at Leeds

By Matt Farr

Former Leeds and Aston Villa manager David O’Leary admits he would love to return to management.

The Arsenal legend, who made 772 appearances for the club, had managerial spells in the Premier League with Championship giants Aston Villa and Leeds, who play one another in Saturday evening’s clash at Elland Road.

However, O’Leary has been out of management since his brief one-year stint at United Arab Emirates’ club, Al-Ahli.

The Sun reports that after a six-year absence, the Irishman is eyeing a return to the management game.

He said: “Would I like to come back if something that felt right came along? Yes, of course. I have never fallen out of love with football.

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“I am proud of what we did before. We had some fantastic times at Leeds, playing at some of the biggest stadiums in Europe, and I know I did a good job at Aston Villa.

“The circumstances were very different. I was more of a continental style coach at Leeds,” he finished.

Four years after his retirement, the former defender took the helm at Leeds, where he led the Yorkshire club to a fourth-place finish in the Premier League.

The following season, the 58-year-old led them to third, securing qualification for the Champions League.

However, he was sacked in the summer 0f 2002, and remained out of work until June the following year – when he joined Aston Villa.

In his first season, he led them from a relegation battle to a sixth-place finish. He maintained their bid for Premier League survival for another three seasons, but had his contract terminated at the end of the 2005-06 season.

He returned to management four-years later when he joined Al-Ahli, but after winning just six of his 15 games in charge, he was relieved of his duties.

In other Arsenal news, the Gunners have been hit by yet another injury blow as this player is sidelined until the new year.