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English Premier League: Andoni Iraola, candidate to lead Leeds United


Andoni Iraola’s great work at Rayo Vallecano will not go unnoticed in Europe. The Gibuzcon coach promoted the Madrid team to the Primera División in 2020 as it consolidates, earning salvation easily last year (they finished 12th) and reaching the semi-finals of the Cup. This season, the Ribbon team ranks fifth in the European League positions, after Almira won (2-0).. Fantastic work for the former Athletic player who has attracted interest from Premier League clubs such as Leeds United.

According to ‘The Athletic’, Iraola is on Elland Road’s radar to replace Jesse Marsh, who was sacked after going seven matches without a win in the Premier League. That left the ‘whites’ on the brink of relegation. The Basques would be one of the main favourites…but not the only ones.

According to the ‘BBC’, Leeds, sportingly captained by Vctor Orta, is running other alternatives, including Spaniards Rafa Benitez and Carlos Corburn (current West Brom coach for the Championship) And other profiles such as Englishman Steven Gerrard (expelled this season from Aston Villa), Ralph Hessenhuttl (expelled this year from Southampton), Kgitil Knutsen (the surprising Norwegian Bodo coach), Mauricio Pochettino (formerly from Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain), Ange Postecoglou ( Current Celtic coach), Nuno Espirito Santo (Al Ittihad Saud coach with experience in premierships at Wolves and Tottenham)…

He will be the fifth Spaniard on the Prime Minister’s benches

At Leeds they will even consider Marcelo Bielsa back, the coach who led them to the premiership in 2020 after 16 years. Iraola, if he arrives at Leeds, will be the fifth Spanish coach in the Premier League alongside him Pep Guardiola (City), Mikel Arteta (Arsenal), Unai Emery (Aston Villa) and Julen Lopetegui (Wolverhampton).. The last two have reached this cycle in the Premier League.

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