The big story in the football world today isn’t about a world-acclaimed manager possibly coming to Leeds United, although Aston Villa fans must wish it was.
Instead, various reports have detailed Villa’s world crashing around them as their desperate quest for instant promotion failed at the very last hurdle.
It’s a shocking glimpse into what can happen in British football if you’re used to feasting at the top table.
And it shows that no-matter how bad you think your team has got it, there’s always one set of fans worse off than you. Unless you’re a Villan of course.
Leeds had a dreadful season last campaign that finished in 13th place in the Championship, way off the play-off places that Villa surged into.
This summer owner Andrea Radrizzani is putting into place an ambitious plan that could see them put up a much better showing in 18/19.
For starters, he sacked former manager Paul Heckingbottom after a string of bad results – something Heckingbottom wouldn’t have expected after less than six months in charge.
They’re hoping to make an announcement about their new manager this week and their number one candidate is Marcelo Bielsa, former Argentina and Chile manager, and the man called the ‘best coach’ in the world by Maurcio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola.
It’s had everyone talking about Leeds, including Sky’s transfer king Gianluca Di Marzio.
Not only that, they seem to be first in line to land in-demand striker Abel Hernandez.
If they completed both of these deals Leeds fans would, quite rightly, be in awe of Radrizzani.
There’s still plenty of work to do, of course, one man off and one man on the pitch will not transform the squad.
However, it will show incredible ambition and, if he pulls them both off, an incredible ability to deliver the goods.
Radrizzani has done plenty of good already, including buying back Elland Road and while football fans don’t hold much truck with history if results are going bad, their owner deserves applause whether these two ventures come off or not.
The Championship will be a worse place without them but we hope they can go on and reclaim their place back at the top table. And that Radrizzani doesn’t take the boom or bust approach that seems to have befallen Villa.
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