By David Woods

15th Mar, 2021 | 6:27am

Times journalist: Leeds approach top Euro manager as Bielsa replacement in summer, Poch on list

Leeds United have approached Massimiliano Allegri to sound him out about taking over the club in the summer.

Marcelo Bielsa’s current deal runs out at the end of the season and Duncan Castles writes in the Times that Leeds are “unsure” if he will sign an extension.

If he doesn’t they want a top replacement in place and Allegri is reportedly the man they want.

The report also says, “The Sunday Times understands Radrizzani’s plan has individuals of the status of Mauricio Pochettino (before he joined Paris Saint-Germain) and Seville’s Europa League-winning coach Julen Lopetegui also shortlisted.”

Allegri is a free agent after leaving Juventus in May and has said he is interested in managing in the Premier League.


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Leeds fans will love this.

Not the bit about Bielsa leaving but the fact that Leeds are aiming so high if the worst does happen.

We’re very confident that Bielsa will stay for another season but it’s absolutely right that the club has a solid succession plan and this is plenty good enough for us.

Allegri has won the Serie A title with Juventus (five times in a row) and Milan and has also taken Juventus to two Champions League finals.

He was also shortlisted for FIFA’s. best coach award in 2017.

It’s hard to think about Leeds without Bielsa at the moment but all fans are aware deep down that the time will come when the two have to part.

Hopefully, it’s not yet, but Allegri (or Pochettino or Lopetegui) would be ample compensation.

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