Former Manchester United coach Carlos Queiroz has emerged as one of the leading contenders to become the next manager of Leeds United following the departure of Dave Hockaday, who lost his job after just six competitive matches in the position.
Queiroz is now listed as the second favourite with bookmakers, behind Neil Redfearn, to assume command at Elland Road, with the Portuguese manager as short as 2/1 with some companies.
It is reported by The Mirror that Quieroz has placed himself in the running having confirmed a desire to return to club management, despite Iran hoping to convince him to commit to a new contract having led them to the World Cup.
The 61-year-old spent five years on the Manchester United coaching staff over two spells at the club, working as the assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson to play a hand in three Premier League title triumphs and a Champions League final victory.
While the rivalry with Manchester United may no longer be as fiercely contested following the demise Leeds have endured since their financial implosion, it may still be something of a wrench for fans of the Old Trafford club to see one of their own move to West Yorkshire.
But what is loyalty in football these days? Despite his credentials, it would appear unlikely that Quieroz will earn a job in the top-flight any time this soon, so a move to Leeds could represent just career move he desires, despite this affiliation to Manchester United.
Would this connection enter Quieroz’s thinking were he to be offered the Leeds job? It would be no great surprise if he didn’t even consider it.
There are, of course, far more pressing concerns related to becoming Leeds manager - most notably dealing with the constantly interfering and trigger happy club owner Massimo Cellino.
The unpredictable Italian is already on the lookout for his third manager since taking charge of the club in April, with patience hardly one of his strongest traits.
During 22 years of owning Cagliari, Cellino hired and fired 35 managers before finally selling up in June following the acquisition of Leeds, of which he has a 75 percent stake.