Paul Heckingbottom is on borrowed time at Leeds.
The transfer window is open and the club have been linked with lots of players, but Heckingbottom isn’t getting his own way.
He reportedly wanted to bring in Andy Yiadom to Leeds this summer but Phil Hay from the Yorkshire Evening Post said that won’t be happening with the player set to join Reading.
Leeds have also been linked with a move for Jerry Mbakogu, the Carpi striker who was linked as early as last January, but no move has been confirmed.
It all smacks of a club who don’t want to commit to business with their current manager and if that’s the case there’s a brilliant readymade replacement.
Claudio Ranieri made a name for himself at Chelsea but really shocked the world when he led Leicester to the Premier League title as rank outsiders.
His fairy story there didn’t have a happy ending and he was sacked the next season, and he’s yet to find a settled home after it was announced that he would be leaving Nantes this summer.
📋 Claudio Ranieri ne sera plus l'entraîneur du FC Nantes la saison prochaine. Les deux parties ont décidé de se séparer d'un commun accord.
— FC Nantes (@FCNantes) May 17, 2018
That leaves the door open for Andrea Radrizzani to make a sensational swoop for the 66-year-old this summer.
Too incredible? Ranieri obviously loves a challenge and would have a real shot at getting Leeds into the Premier League and cementing himself as a legend at another club.
Despite his reputation, he’s not going to be offered the best jobs in the world and Leeds are a huge club with a huge fanbase, and it’s a club that’s got Ranieri written all over.
He wouldn’t be cheap and he’d want assurances that he’d be supported in the transfer market, but he’s the best of all available options at the moment and is a manager who clearly knows how to get every ounce of passion and talent from his players.
It would be a hugely popular move, with the majority of Leeds fans completely finished with Heckingbottom.
In fact, we think it would be a disaster if Leeds committed to another season with him in charge. The fans would be ready for mutiny at the first loss.
It’s time to bin the Heckingbottom experiment and move a real manager into Elland Road, one who can take the club back to the top.
And that man is Ranieri.
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