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Promotion winning manager was considered for Leeds United role

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According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United’s owner, Andrea Radrizzani, had identified David Wagner as a potential successor to Garry Monk, but the club’s chances of luring him to Elland Road ended with Huddersfield Town’s promotion.

Leeds are on the lookout for Monk’s replacement, after the 38-year old shocked the Whites last month by handing in his resignation as the club’s head-coach.

Radrizzani is in the process of identifying Monk’s successor, and was keen to bring Wagner across West Yorkshire from Huddersfield, after the German has proved to be a huge success at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Wagner has led Huddersfield to the top-flight for the first time since 1972, with victory over Reading in the play-off final confirming the Terriers’ place among the elite next season.

Huddersfield’s promotion ended Leeds’ brief interest in Wagner, and Radrizzani has now been forced to turn to other options.

Aitor Karanka had been early favourite for the role at Elland Road, but despite his links with Leeds’ director of football, Victor Orta, the former Middlesbrough manager is reportedly not under consideration.

A host of other names have been linked to the Elland Road vacancy, including Monk’s former assistant, Pep Clotet, and Premier League winner, Claudio Ranieri. However, despite Radrizzani stating Leeds were meeting candidates this week, there is no indication of who will replace Monk ahead of next season.

Leeds fans… Would Wagner have been a good appointment? Let us know your thoughts!


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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