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Leeds United: Club identify Julen Lopetegui as a possible Marcelo Bielsa replacement

Leeds United: Club identify Julen Lopetegui as a possible Marcelo Bielsa replacement - Leeds United News

The long-term future of Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United is constantly up in the air, and this often causes rumours to circulate around potential future replacements with a new name entering the fray.

The latest reported Leeds managerial candidate

According to The Sun, Leeds, who have reportedly been keeping an eye on Steven Gerrard, are also monitoring Julen Lopetegui. Lopetegui is a ‘favourite’ of Leeds owner Andrea Radrizanni and has restored his name with a stunning spell at Sevilla.

Lopetegui would be a good appointment if Bielsa was to leave

Bielsa is thriving at Leeds in the Premier League, and there is no doubt that all associated with the club will want the manager to remain at the club for as long as possible.

His impact at the club has clearly not gone unnoticed, as he has been nominated for Fifa’s ‘#TheBest Men’s Coach award’. However if he were to go, Lopetegui could be a good replacement. The Spaniard is also one of the five names to be nominated for the prestigious award and he has an abundance of experience.

He has managed Real Madrid in the past, and is currently the manager of Sevilla, with whom he recently won the Europa League last season (Transfermarkt). In the 266 games that he has managed, Lopetegui has won 170, drawn 53 and only lost 43. The manager also has experience on the international stage, leading the Spanish U19 and U23 side to European Championship titles.

It is understandable to see why he is a favourite of Radrizanni, and the fact they are looking at managers of his quality highlights how far Leeds have come over the last few years.

In other news, this Leeds man shone for his country on international duty.


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