Leeds United have made contact with Argentinian manager Gerardo Martino as their search for a Jesse Marsch replacement continues.
This is according to Argentinian media outlet TNT Sports, who report that the Whites have made an approach for the 60-year-old.
It also states that Martino is in the process of considering the offer from Leeds. He has concerns about assuming the role at this point in the season and would prefer to take the job in the summer when he has time to build a side.
With Leeds currently deep in a relegation scrap, time is the last thing they have at their disposal.
Martino is perhaps best known for managing the Mexican national team at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The Argentine is the latest figure to emerge after the sacking of Marsch just over a week ago, with Carlos Corberan, Andoni Iraola, Arne Slot and – most recently – Alfred Schreuder all being previous candidates for the position.
A relative unknown coming from out of nowhere – would this be the right call?
Whilst the last Argentine to manage Leeds, Marcelo Bielsa, possesses legendary status amongst Whites supporters – it would be quite something if Martino could repeat the feat of his compatriot given the opportunity.
And after the Yorkshire club came desperately close to hiring Schreuder – an appointment which would have ended in disaster – yesterday, Martino would be an improvement.
The fact is though, besides a brief stint at Barcelona and his recent management of Mexico, Martino remains a relative unknown.
Considering their present situation, the Whites ideally need someone with prior experience managing in the Premier League to pull them out of the scrap. Given that lack of knowledge about the English game was allegedly a factor in the Leeds hierarchy pulling out of the Schreuder deal (as per 90min), it seems somewhat contradictory that they would then go for a figure like Martino.
The search goes on.