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Leeds: Sky Sports man claims Andoni Iraola move not totally ruled out despite reports

Leeds: Sky Sports man claims Andoni Iraola move not totally ruled out despite reports - Leeds United News

Sky Sports reporter Tim Thornton has shared developments on Leeds United’s pursuit of Andoni Iraola after reports emerged claiming Rayo Vallecano wish to hold onto their manager.

The Lowdown: Leeds still looking for a manager

Following the sacking of Jesse Marsch, many may have expected a manager to be lined up given they had two games this week, but there still appears to be nothing in the works.

Someone who was said to be of interest but ruled out quickly was Carlos Corberan after he signed a new contract at West Bromwich Albion, while Iraola is said to have had his move to Elland Road blocked by his current club.

The Spanish boss has managed to guide Rayo Vallecano into the top five of La Liga as things stand, so it’s no surprise as to why Leeds want him and why the Spanish side are apparently desperate to keep him.

The Latest: Inaola one to keep an eye on

Thornton has stated on Sky Sports that while Iraola has had a move to Leeds blocked, fans should keep an eye on the Spaniard over the next few days to see if Vallecano’s stance softens, with the former Athletic Bilbao potentially still open to moving to West Yorkshire.

Speaking on Thursday, he said: “Developments this morning regarding the leading contender for the role at Leeds United – we told you about this yesterday, Andoni Iraola, the Rayo Vallecano manager.

“Leeds United were keen on him, but Rayo Vallecano have blocked Leeds United’s move for him.

“Leeds have been tracking him for a while. It’s my understanding that the coach himself is open to a move to Leeds and to the Premier League, so this is one to watch. We’ll see how it plays out over the course of the next few days, but Leeds have been keen on him for a while.”

The Verdict: Radrizzani must act swiftly

It has been a pretty disastrous week for Leeds off the pitch as owner Andrea Radrizzani told fans that he would have something for them by way of a new manager by Wednesday night, and that proved to be a false promise.

The fact that Corberan decided to extend his stay at West Brom, Iraola looks stuck at Vallecano and Feyenoord have and essentially indicated that they wouldn’t be interested in losing Aren Slot mid-season looks to have left Leeds at a dead end.

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Considering Iraola’s achievements at Rayo Vallecano, which include promotion to La Liga and chasing a European spot this term, it is no wonder why Leeds are looking at him – but it seems his current club won’t let him go without a fight.

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