So that happened.
Garry Monk, savior of Leeds United is gone. Resigned, and probably going to a rival club. It’s still Leeds, everyone.
So we at TIAT have a very speculative shortlist of managers that would be good, bad, and ugly for Leeds to sign.
The Portuguese manager was almost unknown in England when he took the Hull City job back in January with Hull sitting at the bottom of the table, doomed, and having sold their two best players, Robert Snodgrass and Jake Livermore, to West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion respectively.
And then Hull went on a magical run that just fell short of guaranteeing safety for the Tigers, with victories over West Ham, Swansea City, Watford FC, and Liverpool seeming to guarantee them safety until the bottom dropped out of their season in the last four games, with Hull drawing against Southampton and then losing to Sunderland and Crystal Palace before the meaningless game against Tottenham Hotspur at the end of the season. It is important to note that the Sunderland loss was the first home loss of the season for Silva at Hull and the first home loss of his senior management career.
Leeds could do much worse than grabbing this upcoming management star, but Silva may be too big of a name at this point for the Whites to grab. Rumors have Silva going to Porto in Portugal, and if one of the big three clubs in Portugal comes calling, you would imagine that he would be headed home. Crystal Palace is reported also linked to Silva, so he might command a bigger pay packet than new owner Andrea Radrizzani is prepared to offer.
He worked a literal miracle for Leicester City in the 2015-16 season, leading the Foxes to the Premier League title. He has been in management for over 30 years, with a long career spanning four different leagues in Europe. He has experience coaching in Serie A, with Cagliari, Napoli, Fiorentina, Parma, Juventus, AS Roma, and Inter Milan. He also managed in La Liga, with Valencia and Atlético Madrid, in Ligue 1 with Monaco, the national team of Greece and in the Premier League with Chelsea along with Leicester. While he was sacked during the season last year at Leicester, only a season after winning the Premier League Manager of the year, many fans viewed his dismissal as a “betrayal” and the result of a player revolt. Either way, the Italian may feel that he has unfinished business in the Premier League, and may view restoring Leeds to the Premier League as a good redemption story for himself and the club.
Pellegrino has been at the help of Deportivo Alaves for a year and already has them challenging for their first trophy in the club’s history. They will face Barca in the Copa del Rey Saturday. Granted, they will likely get it handed to them, but to take a club with no winning history to speak of, loaded with transfers, to the cup final is pretty impressive in and of itself.
Because of what he has done at Alaves, expect Pellegrino to get some looks. In fact, he has already been linked to a few Premier League jobs, but he may want to start slow and work a team up to that level.
As for a fit for the club, well ... he had a coaching spell in Inter Milan — as an assistant — which matches Radrizzani’s background. Oh, he also managed at Valencia as well as Estudiantes and Independiente in Argentina. If you haven’t noticed, Radrizzani has had a bit of an affair for Spanish soccer with bringing in a new team director Ivan Bravo of Real Madrid fame and the word that Victor Orta, Middlesbrough’s chief scout, may be in line to be the Whites’ new technical director.
He’s a clown.
He’s had a spotty record in management, but always seems to get other jobs. There are literally dozens of crazy stories from his time managing various clubs, including a gem from his time at West Ham where he literally took someone else’s dinner because it “looked better”.
His time at Charlton Athletic didn’t go any better than at West Ham, and he built his reputation on a single good season at Newcastle United. His sacking at Palace was months in the coming, and while Big Sam hoofed the south London club to safety, the damage was almost already done by the time Allardyce got there. Pardew is an arrogant fool who doesn’t deserve to be on the touchline at Leeds.
Moyes is a strange figure. For years he was credited as being a good manager for keeping Everton, a cash-strapped club, punching above their weight in the Premier League. Everton even finished got into the Champions League once while he was manager, only to bomb out before the group stages. He received the LMA Manager of the year three times, while at Preston North End and Everton.
However, his time at Manchester United was nothing short of a debacle, as the team struggled for much of the season until he was finally sacked in April of 2014. They missed out on Champions League football for the first time since 1995 that season, and whatever good reputation Moyes had built at Everton and PNE was in tatters.
He took over Real Sociedad in Spain, only to be sacked there as well after about a year in charge of the Basque giants. His time at Sunderland this past season only seemed to leave his reputation in tatters, as he was accused of threatening a reporter and finally resigning without compensation earlier this week from the Black Cats. Hiring Moyes would be a huge step backwards for the club, and Leeds should avoid at all costs.
Another Premier League/ Championship manager who keeps getting jobs despite not doing a very good job anywhere he goes. His claim to fame is being an assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and winning the League Cup while at Middlesbrough. He got the England job, because he was an assistant to Sven-Goran Eriksson, and then failed to get England to qualify for Euro 2008 and was promptly sacked.
After the failed England job, McClaren went to The Netherlands and had an extremely successful run at FC Twente, where he won the league and had the team play in European competitions for the Enschede club, and even won manager of the year in 2010 for the Eredivisie.
He left Twente for Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga, only to be sacked after a less than a season with the club. After the short stint in the Bundesliga, he spent time at Nottingham Forest, only to resign after getting eight points from 10 games in charge.
He returned to Twente, left again after a disappointing season, and was put in charge of Derby County, where he was sacked after missing the playoffs in 2015. He coached Newcastle United for 31 games in the 2015-16 season, before, you guessed it, being sacked and headed back to Derby, only to be sacked a second time this past March.
McClaren has won a trophy in England in 2004, but besides that, has done next to nothing in England except getting sacked. He had a great run in the Eredivisie with Twente, but even a second tour of duty there didn’t work out. Hiring McClaren is a mistake that Leeds can’t afford to do.
No one wants Big Sam at Leeds. He announced his “retirement” from football after resigning from Crystal Palace. He kept Palace in the Premier League after resigning from the England job after one game in charge after a scandal erupted over a hidden recording of Allardyce emerged allegedly showed him giving advice on how to get around FA rules and using his position to get lucrative representation deals.
Watching Leeds hoof the ball up the pitch towards the head of Chris Wood is about as boring as it gets. No thanks. I know the guy got West Ham and Bolton to the Premier League, but give someone else a chance to win the right way, please?