By Jonty Banks

8th Jun, 2023 | 9:40pm

Leeds United managerial search in limbo as Regis Le Bris agrees deal at Nice

The search for a new permanent manager at Leeds United is in limbo for as long as the 49ers Enterprises and Andrea Radrizzani remain in takeover talks.

The Daily Mail reported (2 June) that the Whites were facing further delays in appointing Sam Allrydyce’s successor at Elland Road while the ongoing negotiation between the two aforementioned parties are taking place.

Due to the ongoing ownership wrangle, Leeds haven’t been able to provide any clarity over who is going to be taking the reins in the Championship next season, with the likes of Steven Gerrard and Carlos Corberan already tipped for the job.

Another name that was in the running was that of Lorient manager Regis Le Bris. [The Sun, 1 June]

The 47-year-old has only been in senior management for one year, but he brought a new sense of attacking football to the French club and managed to reach second in Ligue 1 at one stage, only sitting behind Paris Saint-Germain.

However, this is another name who looks like he could slide through the clutches of Leeds after a fresh report from RMC SPORT (8 June) that stated that Nice have reached an agreement with Le Bris to become their new manager.

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The article states that the manager and his entourage have given the green light to the deal but that both clubs must find common ground to get the deal over the line.

Despite Le Bris possibly not being many fans’ top target for the managerial vacancy and possibly not possessing the CV of other names, it still highlights the predicament that the club finds itself in.

The longer that the takeover of Leeds remains up in the air, and no director of football is also in place, who is going to want to take the job at Elland Road?

What’s more, the likes of Leicester City will be hunting in the same pool of managers as the Whites and could well get the pick of the bunch due to the stable boardroom picture at the King Power Stadium right now.

The 49ers takeover can’t come soon enough for Leeds United and their subsequent search for a new manager.

In other Leeds news, one first-team player is being targeted by a European club to replace a legendary ace.