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Leeds United Rumoured To Bring In 33 Y/O Spanish Tactician: Do They Need To Make The Move?

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Ayush Chaurasia
Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

It is no secret that the fans and boards have not been impressed with Paul Heckingbottom’s performance in the Championship since he took over the charge at Leeds United. He replaced Thomas Christiansen and a lot was expected out of him. However, the former Barnsley manager has failed to deliver and there are rumours of him being sacked before the start of the next season.

To replace him, a name from Spain is doing the rounds and he is Rubén de la Barrera. He is currently managing Cultural Leonesa, a second division outfit in Spanish La Liga. He hasn’t been able to bring much joy to his team as they sit 17th in the table. There are rumours that the 33-year-old manager will move away from Leonesa and clubs from La Liga are also in contention to have him. Real Sociedad have been primarily linked with him.

Barrera is young but he has a good amount of coaching experience as he has been working in the Spanish lower divisions since 2010 and he was a youth coach before that. He is not one of those managers who takes on managing and coaching roles after their playing career is over.

Since his younger days, he has been involved in the coaching and managing system and so even though he is just 33, he has a good amount of experience in football management.

However, a move to a different country will certainly be a cultural shock for the manager as he has never managed outside Spain. Plus at the moment, managing the Whites will be a high-pressure job as they are looking to challenge for the playoff spot.

The Peacocks have previously been linked with the experienced Claudio Ranieri and a move for the Italian will certainly be more justified than an unknown manager from the lower divisions of Spain. Barrera hasn’t got any experience of managing in another country and his current results with Leonesa are also not too impressive.

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What Leeds United needs right now is a manager who has an experience of managing in the Championship and knows about English football. Heckingbottom’s results have been dismal as he managed just 4 wins in his 16 games in charge and another unproven signing from another country is certainly a recipe for disaster.

Barrera might be an impressive manager but at the moment he looks like more miss than a hit move for the Whites.

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