Victor Sanchez, the former Real Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna midfielder, is emerging as an outside contender for the manager’s job at Leeds United with the club’s interest in Jaap Stam fading.
Sanchez, whose short managerial career has taken him to Deportivo, Olympiacos and Real Betis, is a free agent after leaving Betis last month.
The 40-year-old – a retired midfielder who played against Leeds for Deportivo in the Champions League semi-finals in 2001 – parted company with Betis after six months in charge but is seen as a possible fit in the continental management system put in place by United owner Andrea Radrizzani.
Radrizzani has revised the structure at Elland Road by naming Victor Orta as director of football and appointing ex-Real Madrid director Ivan Bravo to United’s board.
Bravo and Sanchez have long-standing connections with Real Madrid and he and Orta both worked for Sevilla during Sanchez’s spell as the club’s assistant manager in 2012.
Sanchez held the reins as manager of Deportivo for 50 games between April 2015 and May 2016 but survived for only two matches at Olympiacos, where he was named as replacement for recent Hull City boss Marco Silva in June of last year.
He took charge of Real Betis in November but was sacked on May 9 after finishing 15th in La Liga.
Leeds are yet to reach a final decision on their next head coach, three weeks on from Garry Monk’s resignation, but the club appear to have moved on from a plan to recruit Stam from Reading.
Stam was marked down as a prominent option for Radrizzani after taking Reading to the Championship play-off final but the former Holland international is 12 months into a two-year deal at the Madejski Stadium and Reading are attempting to kill interest in Stam by tying him to improved terms.