There is a new favourite for the job at Leeds United and you don’t need to imagine what he looks like in Leeds colours, because he has been in them for the last year. Pep Clotet is now the front-runner according to the bookies.
The Spanish number two arrived not long after Garry Monk when the head-coach arrived on the scene last summer. Monk was very clear when he arrived at the club that he wanted his old number two to follow him sooner rather than later. Clotet didn’t play professionally but has been around many clubs in different roles. He has managed Halmstad, Malaga B and Espanyol B during his career and has also been assistant at Malmo FF where he came across a young Pontus Jansson and at Swansea City before coming to Leeds.
Why is he being linked with the Leeds job?
He still has Leeds United as his bio on Twitter and as far as we know he hasn’t yet left the football club. Messages are posted when staff and players leave but no such message has come from Clotet which seems odd as the man who brought him to the club left over a week ago. Beattie is the same and maybe there is some substance in the fact he is now the favourite but compared to other candidates he does lack the experience. The signing of Hadi sacko would also suggest that someone in the club has recommended signing the young French winger, away from Clotet the options are very slim.
The Spaniard has just tweeted that he is enjoying the views in Italy and has posted a picture. This either suggests he was never really in the frame for the job or that he has just left for Italy and the job was discussed before he left. The fact he is being considered is a surprise in all honesty but only time will tell if the Spanish number two will become a number one.