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41-year-old makes honest admission about Leeds United job

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Leeds United made contact with former La Liga manager, Victor Sanchez, last week, before appointing Paul Heckingbottom as Thomas Christiansen’s successor at Elland Road.

Victor, who was talking to Spanish media outlet, AS, has admitted that Leeds were in contact with him over the vacant managerial post last week, before they opted to appoint Heckingbottom on an 18-month contract.

The 41-year-old has previously managed Deportivo La Coruna and Real Betis in Spain, and made a name for himself at Real Madrid during his playing days.

Victor confirmed that a host of English clubs, including Leeds, had been in contact with him about a managerial switch to the UK, but nothing has materialised, he said: “Last summer there was contact from two English clubs; one Premier League team and one in the Championship.

“Two clubs have got in contact with me recently, one of them was Leeds, but in the end they went with another option.”

Andrea Radrizzani instead opted to appoint Heckingbottom at Elland Road, with the 40-year-old leaving Barnsley to sign an 18-month contract with the Whites early last week.

Heckingbottom has already overseen his first Championship match in-charge of the Whites, although he couldn’t mastermind a return to winning ways for Leeds, who continue to struggle.

A brace from Billy Sharp sank Leeds on Saturday, with his Sheffield United side edging past the Whites and handing Heckingbottom a miserable start to life at Elland Road.

The Verdict  

It’s no surprise to hear that Leeds considered other coaches alongside Heckingbottom.

However, Victor’s managerial record is hardly inspiring, despite the list of clubs he has coached during his time in the dugout.

Leeds seem to have made a sensible choice in appointing Heckingbottom, as the 40-year-old is someone who knows the division.

Leeds fans… Let us know your thoughts!

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