By Pranav Shahaney

20th Apr, 2022 | 3:10pm

Andrea Radrizzani wanted Raul to be next Leeds United manager

Leeds United were reportedly considering Real Madrid and Champions League legend Raul to replace Marcelo Bielsa at the helm.

According to Marca, Andrea Radrizzani thought of him as an option days before the Argentine was sacked.

However, the club ended up going in a different direction and appointed Jesse Marsch instead.

Right choice

Barring his name recognition, nothing else suggests why Raul would have been a good fit at Elland Road.

There’s no clear idea of what is footballing identity is and whether or not he would be suited to manage in the Premier League either.

Thus far, his only managerial experience is at Real Madrid’s youth and B teams which is not what you need in a coach to replace Bielsa.

Marsch had a decent amount of experience at RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg and he had the experience of the Champions League and a top European league as well.

It made sense to go for the American and thus far, it’s proving to be the right decision.

He’s managed to get the players onside, win games and also not compromise on the attacking principles Bielsa brought to Elland Road.

In fact, the team now looks more solid without the ball and they go into games hoping to see them out if they score first or take an early lead.

Only time will tell whether or not Raul actually revolutionises into an elite manager.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are leading the race to complete a major signing and have already opened talks to seal a £25m deal.