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Spanish press: Pep Clotet emerges as Karanka's leading challenger for Leeds United job

Swansea manager Garry Monk and assistant manager Josep Clotet (L)

Pep Clotet is reportedly under consideration for the Leeds United job.

Pep Clotet (L) with Rafael BenitezPep Clotet (L) with Rafael Benitez

According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Pep Clotet is a candidate for the Leeds United job, seemingly making him the only rival to Aitor Karanka.

Garry Monk stunned many by resigning from his position as Leeds manager on Thursday afternoon, engineering an exit from the club despite their attempts to keep him at Elland Road – at least for the next year.

Leeds manager Garry MonkEx-Leeds manager Garry Monk

Monk's shock departure comes after an impressive season in which Leeds finished seventh in the Championship table, and it leaves the Whites searching for yet another manager.

Now, Spanish newspaper Sport report that ex-Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka is the hot favourite for the job, but a fellow Spaniard could be his main challenger for the role, with Pep Clotet allegedly being considered.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor KarankaAitor Karanka

It's claimed that Clotet is Karanka's leading rival for the job, which would surely only be the case if Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani wants to keep continuity at Elland Road.

Clotet, 40, worked with Monk at Swansea and then became his assistant manager at Leeds, serving as his right-hand man for some years now, with his last managerial role coming with Malaga B in 2013.

Swansea manager Garry Monk and assistant manager Josep Clotet (L)Garry Monk and assistant manager Josep Clotet (L)

The report does note that Clotet may choose to follow Monk if he lands another job, with the likes of Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough and Watford all looking for new managers right now.

Clotet could continue Monk's fine work at Elland Road having worked so closely with him, but Karanka remains the favourite for the job, with Radrizzani seemingly going for a Spaniard either way if those really are the two leading candidates.

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