Since Garry Monk left Leeds United just over a fortnight ago, Whites fans have been desperately awaiting news as to who the next man in charge is. It seems this is equally shared with directing serpentine vitriol against Monk himself.
United owner Andrea Radrizzani and Monk seemingly had varying visions as to how Leeds were to be taken forward from a season that only narrowly ended in a failure to hit the play-off places. After a 26-game, 142-day run in the top six, a narrow defeat to Wolves saw Leeds drop to 7th place, a drop from which they never recovered.
With Monk tendering his resignation, Leeds United fans were thrown to the twin mercies of managerial candidate speculation and bookmaker odds – both of which are ongoing. Not only are they both ongoing, but they are also both ever-changing. With Leeds fans growing frustrated, club owner Radrizzani took to Twitter with the following, reassuring tweet.
I understand frustration, we are meeting candidates this week. It is important we take the time to make the best decision for the club #LUFC
— Andrea Radrizzani (@andrearadri) June 6, 2017
Whilst that went some way to soothe the nerves of Leeds United fans, it didn’t stop the online second-guessing or supposing when looking at the fluctuating and changing manager names and odds.
However, a while ago the Yorkshire Evening Post’s (YEP) Phil Hay came up with at least two snippets of news that had more certainty about them as shown in the following tweet.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) June 10, 2017
So now Leeds United fans know that it is a four-man shortlist that Radrizzani and co were compiling as well as knowing that Jaap Stam is one of the names on that shortlist. Writing in the YEP Hay says that Stam has been identified by Radrizzani as a potential candidate for the post with Hay saying the Leeds United owner “was impressed with Stam’s performance as Reading finished with 85 points, seven points short of second place and 10 ahead of Leeds.”
Hay goes on to say that Radrizzani has, as per his earlier tweet, been meeting with names on the shortlist this week “and Stam is understood to be one of four names in the frame.” However, he does warn that Reading and Stam have been in negotiations about extending his deal at the Madejski, a deal that still has a year to run.