Leeds United managed to pull off a huge coup when they announced Marcelo Bielsa as their new manager, however, the men they looked at prior to him could have been bigger.
According to reports by Gazzetta dello Sport, Andrea Radrizzani has revealed that he had the likes of Antonio Conte, Claudio Ranieri and Roberto Martinez on his short list when he was looking to replace Paul Heckingbottom as the manager.
He went onto state that he would have offered the recently sacked Chelsea boss €20million to join them as he knew there would be “certain” promotion to the Premier League, whilst the others had their eyes cast elsewhere.
“Conte [was on the list] and with him, we would have been certain of promotion to the Premier League,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I would have even offered him €20million.
“Then I interviewed Ranieri who was attracted by our interest, but declined as he was waiting for a call from a top-flight club. I even spoke to Martinez, but Belgium were an obstacle.”
The three names mentioned by Radrizzani definitely do not show a lack of ambition and where he wants the team to be.
The Whites will only be able to wonder about what the likes of Conte, Ranieri and Martinez could have brought to Elland Road, although there will not be any lost sleep over them at the moment.
Bielsa proved to be the man that they landed and he has started their campaign off in fine fashion, having yet to taste defeat in the Championship.
Leeds fans – thoughts?