Manager linked to Leeds United emerges as new frontrunner for European job as Whites wait goes on
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Antonetti was relieved of his duties earlier this week following BlueCo’s acquisition of a controlling stake in the Ligue 1 club. Led by Chelsea’s Todd Boehly, BlueCo appear keen to institute rapid changes at the former French champions.
French daily sports newspaper L’Equipe have named Vieira as a possible appointment at Strasbourg, who finished 15th in France’s top flight last season and are the first club Chelsea’s owners have acquired as they look to build a network of teams with the Blues at the spear-tip.
Leeds brought their managerial interview process to a conclusion last week and are awaiting takeover confirmation by the EFL before appointing a new head coach.
Players who have not had international commitments over the summer are due to report back for pre-season testing and training at Thorp Arch on Monday, July 3, where they will be greeted by head of medicine and performance Rob Price, his medical staff and the existing coaching framework at the club.
It is not known whether Vieira was one of the candidates who made it to the face-to-face, second round of interviews conducted by Leeds last week after an initial discussion over Zoom, but the Senegal-born former French international who most recently took charge of Crystal Palace was at one stage among the bookmakers’ favourites to succeed Sam Allardyce at Elland Road.
Daniel Farke has also been mooted as a potential Leeds appointment after the two-time Championship-winning, ex-Norwich City boss left his post with Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach at the end of the 2022/23 season.