Former Leeds United manager David O'Leary has admitted he would one day take a return to the club if the opportunity presented itself.
Former Leeds United manager David O'Leary retains a great deal of admiration for his former club.
The former Republic of Ireland international has fond memories of taking Leeds to the Champions League semi-finals, but was fired in 2002.
In a rare media appearance on Sky Sports Fantasy Football Club at the end of last week, the question as to whether he would return to Leeds was put directly to him.
O'Leary confirmed his aim to one day return if the circumstances felt right, and went onto discuss his unexpected departure.
"Yes, not that I am touting for a job, but I left there after qualifying for Europe.
"I was called in by Peter Risdale, he said you've established us in the top four now but we need somebody to take us to the next level.
"I might not have agreed with it but like we all work for people, that was his decision.
"Was I gutted about it, yes. I never wanted to leave. Tthe fans never drove me out, it was a very strange way. When you don't see it coming it shocks you even more."
12 years have passed since O'Leary's dismissal, and he has only held two managerial posts since. One was in the Premier League with Aston Villa, which he left in 2006 after three seasons.
He then took on a brief spell in the Middle East with Al Ahli in 2010, and insists he still has the desire to return to football, but would only do if the right offer was presented to him, adding that the proposals he has received have not felt right.
It seems really though that O'Leary has been biding his time to long to return to English football to stand a chance of landing a top job in the English game. That means he would have to accept a role lower down the Football League ladder, and then it becomes an issue of motivation.
After leading Leeds into the Champions League semi-finals so early on, it's easy to understand that everything else is a major comedown, but he only need ask fans of the club he used to manage about that.