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Victor Sanchez is not the answer for Leeds United

Spanish manager linked to Leeds job

Real Madrid CF v RC Deportivo La Coruna - La Liga
Maybe Zidane would be willing to come rather than the guy on the left
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This is a joke, right?

Victor Sanchez has been “linked” to the manager’s job at Elland Road. Bookies had made the Spaniard favorite to take over the role at Leeds United over the weekend, seemingly out of nowhere.

And once a little digging has been done into his past, it becomes obvious why his name seemed to come out of nowhere: he’s crap.

Sanchez is an ex-Real Madrid player, and was a pretty decent player when he put on the famous white kit for the Blancos, but as a manager, he’s been an absolute disaster. After being an assistant manager for years, he got his big break at one of his former clubs, Deportivo La Coruna. While he played over 200 matches for Deportivo, his reign as manager only lasted 50 games.

While managing Deportivo, Sanchez was only able to win 10 of his 50 matches in charge, while managing 25 draws and 15 losses. He was sacked after an awful run of form for his team in the 2015-16 season, when Deportivo only won two of its last 22 matches.

While he landed on his feet after being dismissed from Deportivo, being hired by Greek giants Olympiacos, but he lasted only two games in charge after drawing once and losing once. He then took over at Real Betis after the Seville club had dismissed former Brighton & Hove Albion manager, and Leeds assistant manager, Gus Poyet in November of 2016. He failed to finish out the season at Betis after being sacked with two games remaining, winning only eight of the 27 games in charge.

This would be a terrible appointment. Sanchez has not proven himself at any club he’s managed, and has a terrible win record of only 20%. To say he’s unqualified to take over at Leeds would be an understatement of epic proportions. At this point, with all of the rumors and speculation, it appears that this might be just a rumor to get some betting action going. At least one hopes so. Maybe Ivan Bravo and Victor Orta know something we don’t? Or is this just to make the eventual appointment of Aitor Karanka seem a blessing?

Sam Allardyce would be a better hire that Sanchez. Please don’t make this mistake, guys, please don’t. Nothing about Sanchez indicates that he’s ready or able to take Leeds United anywhere but League One, and we can’t go there again.