Date: 13th February 2018 at 9:20am
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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:

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.

In other Leeds United news, a 27-year-old has insisted he still has a BIG future at the club after reports he will never play for the Yorkshire giants again.

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