Antic keen on Leeds post

Ex-Real and Barca coach set to apply to be Grayson's successor

Radomir Antic: Former Real Madrid and Barcelona coach is keen to become Leeds boss

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Former Real Madrid and Barcelona coach Raddy Antic has thrown his hat into the ring to become the next manager of Leeds United.

The Championship club sacked Simon Grayson earlier in the week and revealed on Friday that they had been inundated with applications.

Huddersfield Town boss Lee Clark has played down speculation linking him with the position, while former Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock is rumoured to be a contender.

Neil Redfearn is currently in caretaker charge of the Whites, but the hugely experienced Antic has now shown an interest in the Elland Road vacancy.

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Antic's press agent Paul Gough said: "Radomir will undoubtedly be one of the most experienced and qualified coaches to apply for the Leeds job.

"He is hugely qualified and immensely hungry for the opportunity. He would love the chance to boss at Elland Road - it is something he knows he would be very successful at."

Antic, who spent four years at Luton Town during his playing days, launched his coaching career at Real Zaragoza, and his impressive CV since has seen him take the helm at Real Madrid, Real Oviedo, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Celta Vigo before he was appointed as Serbia coach in 2008.

He guided his side to the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa but, after a disappointingly early exit, lost his job in September of the same year.

After an opening defeat by Ghana, the Serbians stunned Germany - who went on to reach the semi-finals - with a 1-0 victory in Port Elizabeth, before a 2-1 loss to Australia ended their Group D campaign and ensured a swift return home.

Antic received a four-game touchline ban and a fine for unruly behaviour as a result of comments made in the wake of the final game.