Leeds United and Claudio Ranieri continue to be linked as the summer begins to take shape. The season officially came to an end yesterday as Fulham knocked Villa out of the play-offs to take their place in the Premier League. Ranieri is out of work and Radrizzani has made no secret of his admiration for him in the past.

Paul Heckingbottom departed for his holidays last week and only at Leeds could the head-coach leave without anyone knowing if he would be in charge when he gets back. It is frustrating because we would rather know one way or the other and the fact he was sent to Burma and hasn’t had a transfer window yet it would be a move that from the outside would seem crazy and harsh. From inside the Leeds bubble it wouldn’t be much of a shock.

The feeling is that if Leeds could get someone like Ranieri then Heckingbottom would be sacked but nobody at the club is letting anything away and the uncertainty continues. Plans to sign players already seem to be made and Heckingbottom will have been a part in choosing the players so to then sack him would be a typical Leeds United move. Ranieri wouldn’t be alien to working with a director of football but maybe with the standard some of the first-team players are at.

Ranieri has left his job in Nantes after being sacked by Leicester City. The biggest achievement in premier League history was made by Ranieri, winning the league over the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United. How he did it we will never know and we will never see anything like it again, or at least certainly not for a very long time. Radrizzani has said he would like Ranieri before and maybe they will be looking at the situation again. We need to get a move on or back Heckingbottom either way.

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