From seeming stability to impending chaos, this week was a return to the Leeds United that most Whites fans were used to and wanted banishing to much darker corners. However, it was business as usual when Garry Monk walked from Elland Road.
The resignation tendered by Garry Monk came after initial talks on extending his stay at the club had begun. With Leeds said to be wanting to offer a 12 month extension, and Monk wanting a longer term deal, the talks didn’t progress and ended with the former Swansea boss tendering his resignation from the West Yorkshire club.
There has been much fallout from that decision, with Twitter awash with ‘conspiracy this’ and ‘underhand that’, but the basic fact that remains is that the head coach/manager position at Elland Road remains unfilled.
Bookmakers Sky Bet have former Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka (11/10) and ex Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri (2/1) as the two leading candidates for the vacant position. These two, with Ranieri coming in from 12/1 to lead a field that includes Alan Pardew (8/1), Nigel Pearson (11/1) and current Leeds United assistant Pep Clotet (11/1) amongst a sizeable pack of noted others.
However, Sun journalist Alan Nixon says that behind any appointment will be two men, current director and former Real Madrid man Ivan Bravo and reported incoming Victor Orta, who is expected to arrive at Elland Road any time soon. Responding to a question from a Leeds United fan, Nixon replied with the following tweet.
The arrival of Victor Orta, who learned his trade at clubs like Elche, Sevilla and Zenit St Petersburg, is seen as more of a certaintly since he left Middlesbrough a couple of days ago. The current word going around is that new Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani is going to appoint him imminently at Elland Road.
Nixon further comments, adding a little clarity to how a new managerial appointment will be made at Elland Road, when answering a further question from Leeds fan Liam.
It is understandable that Orta and Bravo will play a major part in the appointment of any head coach/manager that will be appointed at Elland Road. Word on the street is that, whilst Andrea Radrizzani is a more than astute businessman with a keen interest in sport media rights, the new Leeds United owner’s knowledge of football in not on a par with his business acumen.
The coming days will be where the story of the next man into the Leeds United hotseat is told.