Leeds United may be looking at a foreign coach to replace Paul Heckingbottom as their manager, according to a reliable journalist.
Phil Hay, from the Yorkshire Evening Post, made the claim after being asked if there was any truth in Claudio Ranieri coming to Leeds.
He replied saying that a “different foreign coach” has been mentioned, although he says that he won’t say who as he doesn’t know if it has legs.
different foreign coach has been mentioned to me. Not saying who because I don’t know if it’s got legs. As for Ranieri, honestly not sure.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) May 27, 2018
Football Insider verdict:
There’s no smoke without fire and there have been too many reports coming out from Leeds about a new manager for Paul heckingbottom’s job to be considered safe. Phil Hay is a very solid source of Leeds information and this is an interesting development. Leeds had been linked with Filippo Inzaghi, but this is unlikely to refer to him as his name is already out there. Either way, this isn’t a great time for Leeds. They need to rebuild their squad after a pretty disastrous season and this uncertainty over the manager’s position isn’t going to help. If they do replace Heckingbottom, they need to make sure they get the right man in place, but for them to have a decent shot at getting the right players in this summer, they need to resolve the manager fast. There has been no denial of any of the speculation from the Leeds hierarchy, and no public vote of confidence. We’d bet money on Heckingbottom not being the manager when the new season kicks off.
In other Leeds United transfer news, they have made an approach for a 44-year-old manager.