Leeds United cult hero John Sheridan is emerging as a serious front-runner for the head coach’s job at Elland Road amid claims that he has held talks with the club.
Oldham Athletic, where Sheridan is currently manager, are not believed to have received an official approach from Leeds but the 51-year-old is being widely tipped to become the seventh boss of Massimo Cellino’s two-year reign as United owner.
Sheridan, a cultured midfielder who made more than 200 appearances for Leeds in the 1980s, has been the subject of speculation since being installed as the odds-on favourite to replace Steve Evans at the start of this week.
Evans remains in post as head coach at Elland Road but his contract ends in June and Cellino is not expected to offer him a new deal. Sheridan was reported this morning to have held two rounds of talks with United.
Sheridan’s spell in charge of his Oldham is his second in a full-time capacity, following on from a prior period at Boundary Park between 2006 and 2009.
His managerial career has taken him to Chesterfield, Plymouth Argyle and Newport County. He left Newport for Oldham in January and steered the Latics away from relegation in League One, despite inheriting a squad who were 22nd in the league and five points from safety. The club finished 17th in the table last weekend.
Bolton Wanderers, who have been managerless since parting company with Neil Lennon, have also been heavily linked with Sheridan following their relegation from the Championship.
But speaking a fortnight ago, Sheridan said: “I’m Oldham manager and I’ve got a two-year contract.”