Leeds have missed out on the chance to appoint Oscar Garcia as the club’s new manager after he decided to join Watford instead, the Yorkshire Post understands.
Leeds have been without a manager since the sacking of Dave Hockaday last week, and owner Massimo Cellino had eye-balled former Brighton boss Garcia as the right man to take over.
The Spaniard had applied for the role and expressed a strong interest in becoming the third Leeds boss under Cellino.
However, Giuseppe Sannino’s unexpected resignation from Watford last night has cooled Garcia’s interest in the Leed’s role and he has now turned his head towards the Hornets.
The London club has contacted Garcia’s representatives and he is now expected to consider offers from both teams before making a decision by Thursday.
Watford is his preferred destination, and if he is offered acceptable terms, he could likely be appointed within the next few days.
The former Barcelona midfielder resigned from his Brighton post at the end of last season after guiding his team to the play-offs and his signature has been highly sought after ever since.
He did take up a brief role as manager of Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv in June, but quit last month, citing the political tension in the country as the reason behind his decision.
He is known to have had one offer from Spain as well as interest from England since then.
Should Garcia go ahead and reject Leeds, Steve Clarke will become the most likely person to be appointed after Simon Grayson ruled himself out of the running this morning.
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