Espanyol manager Quique Sanchez Flores has been backed into 14/1 with Sky Bet to be named the next manager of Championship side Leeds United. Flores was once linked with the job prior to Garry Monk being appointed the head coach at Elland Road.

Flores, who guided Espanyol to an eight place top half finish in La Liga last season. He has experience of managing in the English game from his time at Watford, where many felt he was harshly dismissed at end of his only season with the Hornets.

The 52-year-old, who was born in Madrid, is now essentially the sixth-favourite to become the permanent successor to Monk. There appears to be no outright frontrunner for the role, even though ex-Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has been backed into favouritism. Claudio Ranieri, Pep Clotet and Aitor Karanka can all have the same said about them, but they have since drifted in price.

It was a year ago that then chairman Massimo Cellino was supposedly keen on luring the former Valencia and Atletico Madrid manager to the club. This was when Steve Evans remained in charge but it was the worst kept secret that the club hierarchy were looking to replace him in the job. It however remains to be seen if Flores would want to leave a top flight La Liga job, where they compete against the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona, for the hustle and bustle of the Championship. The fans surely would take to him, but it is merely just a change in the odds at this moment in time.

About Author

I currently work as a Championship Research Analyst for Onside Analysis Ltd. In this role I provide match previews and reviews for every Championship game. I also delve into matches from all across the globe, gaining an insight into football from different leagues in different countries. I came into this role shortly after graduating from The University of Hull after studying BSc Sports Coaching & Performance. I am a Lincoln City fan and thankfully they're back in The72!!