In the unlikely event that a so-called newspaper, whose name I shall not publicise further here, has actually got it right for once – an intriguing name has cropped up as a possible replacement at Leeds United for what would be a very unlucky and ill-used departing manager in Garry Monk.
The possibility of Claudio Ranieri fancying a crack at the Elland Road hot-seat was raised by a contributor to a recent article on this blog. NickB, 50 years a Leeds fan, ended a long and entertaining comment by asking “When does Ranieri’s gardening leave come to an end ?!” Another regular contributor, Leeds Mick, agreed with Nick, stating that Ranieri “would be a damn good appointment”. But what do other Leeds fans think?
Leaving aside the vexed question of whether Ranieri would touch us with the proverbial barge pole, which would have a lot to do with the ownership situation, the prospect of the Tinkerman would indeed be fascinating. With a recent Premier League title on his CV, Claudio is a very likeable man who seems to have a magic managerial touch in the right situation. It’s no exaggeration to say that what he pulled off at Leicester City qualifies as the biggest football miracle of all time, bar none. So, could Leeds United benefit from a touch of diddly-ding, diddly-dong?
I still feel that the Monk story was nothing more than a clueless hack spouting bollocks. And I still feel that Monk deserves the faith and belief of Leeds United, together with full back-up for team building and a proper pre-season – neither of which he had for the campaign now ending in gallant failure.
Still – Ranieri. Likeable, credible, available Ranieri. It is interesting – isn’t it? Would it be feasible, a welcome sign of ambition – or utter foolhardiness and ungrateful to Monk as well? Your thoughts, as ever, would be appreciated.