Leeds given emphatic response from La Liga club after manager approach - reliable journalist
By Danny Wright
Leeds have made an approach for Espanyol manager Quique Sanchez Flores, according to a reliable journalist.
Radio Yorkshire commentator Joe Rawson claimed on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday that the Whites were unsuccessful in their bid to talk to the ex-Watford boss as the La Liga club “rejected” their advances.
I understand an approach was made for Flores but Espanol rejected it. Pearson is a name that has cropped up a lot as well but can't back up
— Joe Rawson (@joerawson) June 14, 2017
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has been searching to replace Garry Monk as manager since late May, with the ex-Swansea boss now finding a new job at Middlesbrough.
Yorkshire Evening Post chief writer Phil Hay also reported on Wednesday that no approach has been made for former Leicester manager Nigel Pearson, as he is one of the names listed in the running to take the Elland Road vacancy.
Fernando Hierro is currently the 2/1 favourite to be the next Leeds manager according to Sky Bet, with Victor Sanchez (3/1), Alan Pardew (5/1) and Espanyol boss Flores (6/1) also in the mix.
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Flores, 52, has never spent more than two years in charge of a club during his 13-year-long managerial career which began at Getafe in 2004.
He has since had spells at Valencia, Benfica and Atletico Madrid before taking charge of his first team in England at Watford.
The Spaniard spent just under a year at Vicarage Road, despite reaching the FA Cup semi-finals and achieving a solid mid-table finish in the Premier League.
In other Leeds news, Chris Kamara has delivered his verdict on Monk’s departure.