Leeds United were interested in appointing Eddie Howe as their next boss had the Whites lost Marcelo Bielsa to Barcelona this summer, according to a report from The Sun on Sunday (23/8; page 65).
The Sun on Sunday suggests that Bielsa is on the verge of signing a new contract at Elland Road. But it appears that the newly-promoted side were also making plans in case he found a new job this summer.
The Sun on Sunday (23/8; page 65) reports that Bielsa was one of the candidates that Barca were interested in before Ronald Koeman was appointed.
And it appears that Leeds were considering their options just in case they ended up with a vacancy to fill. The report suggests that they were interested in Howe had they lost Bielsa.
TBR View: Howe appointment would have been big statement Leeds will be delighted they do not need to make
Despite Bournemouth’s relegation, Howe’s stock remains high. He did a fantastic job for the large majority of his time with the Cherries.
It will be no surprise to see him heavily linked whenever a Premier League job becomes available in the coming months.
So it would have been a big statement had Leeds managed to appoint the Englishman. However, it is also a statement that the Whites will be delighted they do not need to consider making.
There is a real sense that the journey under Bielsa is a long way from being complete. And keeping him for another year looks set to be the most important piece of business they do all summer.