Leeds United linked Ivan Juric confirms agreement to become Genoa coach, waiting on clubs

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The Croatian had been linked with a move to become the new Leeds United boss.

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One of the many names linked with the Leeds United job has today confirmed he is likely to be heading elsewhere.

Crotone manager Ivan Juric has been quoted by Football Italia as telling Sky Italia that he has agreed to become the new manager of his former club Genoa – and is now waiting for the two clubs to come to an arrangement so he can become their head coach for next season. He stated:

“I hope the clubs agree so I can become Genoa Coach.

“I hope that Genoa and Crotone can reach an agreement so that I can become the Grifone Coach.

“We talked about it, as there is a very special rapport between us (Juric and current Genoa coach Gian Piero Gasperini). We know full well that those higher up choose us and certain things can happen.”

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Of course a deal is far from being done but it looks extremely likely that his long-mooted move to Genoa should be done at some point this summer.

TuttoMercatoWeb reported earlier in the month that Leeds were interested in Juric, but that he seemed more likely to be heading to Genoa.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino watches from the standsLeeds United owner Massimo Cellino watches from the stands

The man himself then confirmed to Il Secolo XIX that he was yet to agree anything with Genoa and that he had spoken to ‘foreign clubs’ regarding his future.

It now appears things have progressed and Juric is ready to take over at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans applauds the fans after the gameLeeds United manager Steve Evans applauds the fans after the game

The Croatian spent four years at Genoa before retiring in 2010. Since then he has built a reputation as a fine coach and led another former playing club of his, Crotone, to Serie A promotion for the first time in their 106-year history in the 2015-16 campaign.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans’ looks increasingly likely to be replaced by owner Massimo Ceillino – with the Italian still courting several other potential options.

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