By Richard Parks
Spanish manager Victor Sanchez has confirmed that Leeds United approached him about replacing Thomas Christiansen last week – and fans of the Yorkshire giants have taken to Twitter to express their surprise.
Christiansen was sacked by Leeds nine days ago and Paul Heckingbottom was announced as his successor less than 48 hours later.
It has been revealed that the Yorkshire giants had also made contact with Victor, who has been out of a job since last May after spells at the helm of La Liga duo Real Betis and Deportivo La Coruna as well as Greek big hitters Olympiakos.
“Last summer there was contact from two English clubs; one Premier League team and one in the Championship,” said Victor, as quoted by Spanish news outlet AS. “Two clubs have got in contact with me recently, one of them was Leeds, but in the end they went with another option. All we can do is wait, but we have a very active way of waiting,”
Leeds fans have reacted with surprise to Sanchez’s revelation, although some suggested “the job is his” in the summer should it not work out for Heckingbottom.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Tell him it won’t be long, just a couple more weeks and the job is his
— Ya Ya Bing (@Ya_Ya_Bing) February 13, 2018
Jesus christ…remember us linked with him in the summer. Looked like an horrendous appointment if it went ahead. This board concerns me at times.
— Tony (@Tonylufc28) February 12, 2018
What good does this do
— Simon Fletcher (@sfletcher220) February 12, 2018
Thankgod for that!
— Matt Hill (@MattyHill83) February 12, 2018
— andrew clayborough (@kodakbrownie) February 13, 2018
sounds like we took the cheap option…of course I love LUFC and will back them always but something about PH I dont like…we know too well!
— David Wooldridge (@davidrw66) February 12, 2018
No confidence in him at all, for a club of the stature of Leeds we should be attracting much much better than him, 1 win in 17, I cannot believe they would even have him on the shortlist
— Robert Mulhern. (@RobertMulhern1) February 12, 2018
Victor has not lasted more than 13 months in charge of any club, but those he has managed are all major clubs.
In his playing days, the 41-year-old Spanish played for the likes of Real Madrid, Deportivo, Panathinaikos and had eight caps for Spain.
The European manager won La Liga titles with Madrid and La Coruna, but is yet to come anywhere near to replicating the success of his playing career in the dugout
Heckingbottom managed his first game in charge of Leeds on Saturday but oversaw a 2-1 defeat to Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
He will take charge of his first home game on Sunday when Bristol City travel to Elland Road.