Thanks to Garry Monk walking out on Leeds United after tendering his resignation, the Whites have been plunged into a manager hunt. They haven’t found anyone yet, they are still looking.
Many have been feted as favourites and the club are said to be in receipt of a four-man shortlist of candidates, with one of them in Jaap Stam actively being distanced from the job. The latest name in at the head of the bookie’s favourites is Spaniard Víctor Sánchez, the latest in a line of ‘favourites’ including Claudio Ranieri, Aitor Karanka, Alan Pardew and current Elland Road employee Pep Clotet.
Five things Víctor Sánchez for Leeds United fans to digest
1. Sánchez was a product of the Real Madrid youth system, graduating into first the Real Madrid Castilla (1994) and then Real Madrid (1995). The year he was promoted to the first team the squad held names such as Fernando Hierro, Guti, Fernando Redondo, Michael Laudrup, Luis Enrique and an 18-year-old Raúl, His only appearance that season was a 10-minute cameo in the final game of the season against Real Zaragoza,
2. He went on to make a total of 105 appearances for Los Blancos, scoring 10 times. His most successful season was the 1995/96 La Liga campaign with Real where he appeared 25 times for the Fabio Capello-led side, scoring five times.
3. His most productive season was when he left Real Madrid for Racing Santander where his 12 top-tier goals in the season that he moved earned him an instant €7.6 million (£6.6 million) move to Deportivo La Coruña where he stayed for seven years.
4. Managerially, he’s had three appointments: Deportivo La Coruña (April 2015 – May 2016), Olympiakos (June 2016 – August 2016) and Real Betis November 2016 – May 2017). His 50 game spell at Deportivo saw 10 wins, 25 draws and 15 losses with an average of 1.18 goals scored/1.60 conceded per game.
5. His appointment at Real Betis saw him replace former Leeds United assistant boss Gus Poyet, before he was dismissed himself saw the axe fall after just 27 games in charge – 27 games that saw a return of just eight wins.
Leeds United fans react to new of Víctor Sánchez in as favourite for Elland Road job
With his less than successful managerial output, it is safe to say that Leeds United fans aren’t all that enamoured with Sánchez’s sudden leap into the reckoning.
Víctor Sánchez got sacked 3 times last year #lufc
— Joe (@j4brennan) June 11, 2017
— James Glasspoole (@JamesGlasspoole) June 11, 2017
#lufc Victor 'a win rate of 22%' Sanchez
— wewasleedzio (@spaceisace) June 11, 2017
— Ben Clark (@BenClark7) June 11, 2017
Just googled Victor Sanchez…shocking managerial record!! Please God i hope it's not him #lufc
— Aaron Taylor (@AzzaLufc) June 11, 2017
— Pete Sissons (@peterjs0007) June 11, 2017
— DanielThorne (@DanThorneTA1) June 11, 2017
For Víctor Sánchez, that’s pretty much as good, and polite, as it gets. It’s almost unanimous that Leeds United fans aren’t really pushing his appointment anywhere except towards the out-tray…or perhaps the bin.