By Kealan Hughes

1st Mar, 2021 | 5:15pm

Leeds eye Sporting manager Rúben Amorim as potential Bielsa successor

Leeds United are weighing up candidates as potential Marcelo Bielsa replacements and have reportedly identified Sporting manager Rúben Amorim as a target of interest.

Bielsa prefers to sign one-year deals and while all noise suggests that he will be staying for at least next season, Andrea Radrizzani is sensibly preparing for every possible outcome.

Portuguese journalist Bruno Andrade reports that Leeds and Leicester are closely following Amorim in case their respective managers leave at the end of the season.

Amorim is only 36 but has impressed in his short career.

He started at Braga and lifted the Portuguese League Cup in 2020, an achievement which led Sporting to appoint him in March 2020, and last month he repeated that feat.

A lot to like

There is a lot to like about Amorim and we are encouraged if this news is true.

Of course, nobody wants to see Bielsa leave and we do not think he will, but targeting progressive managers like this is what Leeds fans want to see and it’s only sensible to have a Plan B in place.

Amorim has transformed his current club’s fortunes and is on course to win the Liga Nos for the first time since 2002, ending the dominance of Porto and Benfica.

Under him, Sporting have averaged two goals per game while conceding just ten goals.

That promises more of the same at Elland Road if the worse was to happen and Bielsa left.

Amorim is only 53 games into his career and that makes his achievements quite remarkable. He’s the sort of name we want to be linked with.

In other Leeds United news, Report: Leeds make offer to £45k/wk ace out of contract in June, Bielsa wants him ‘at all costs’.