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Leeds manager latest: New appointment gathers pace despite ex-England boss offering to ‘sort them out’

Managers Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Alfred Schreuder

Leeds Utd are closing in on appointing their successor to Jesse Marsch, though that’s not stopped a divisive former England manager throwing his name in the the hat.

The Whites called time on Marsch’s tenure last Monday. The American had overseen just two league victories since August and the end result saw Leeds edging closer and closer to the relegation zone.

Michael Skubala has taken temporary charge and guided his side to an impressive 2-2 draw with Man Utd at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

The reverse fixture on Sunday proved trickier, with goals from Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho sealing all three points for the visitors.

The defeat likely ended any faint hope Skubala had of securing the job outright. And hot on the heels of several rejections from the likes of Carlos Corberan and Arne Slot, the west Yorkshire outfit finally appear to be zeroing in on their next permanent manager.

The Telegraph’s Mike McGrath reported on Sunday former Ajax boss, Alfred Schreuder, is a “serious candidate” to take the reins.

The 50-year-old was at Elland Road to watch Leeds’ clash with Man Utd on Sunday and today’s update has taken the story further.

Leeds search “well advanced”, as Schreuder links multiply

The Independent describe Schreuder as ‘leading the race’ for the vacant Leeds job. Elsewhere, Sky Sports report he’s in ‘contention’ to take over.

Speaking in his programme notes ahead of yesterday’s game, Leeds chief executive Angus Kinnear said: “The search for a new head coach is well advanced.” The candidate they’re far along the line with is seemingly Schreuder.

The Athletic’s Leeds specialist, Phil Hay, tellingly reported Leeds are not denying the Schreuder links.

Hay also added Leeds don’t want their recruitment drive to bleed over into another match. Their next fixture is a crucial one – Everton on Saturday at 3pm.

Schreuder last managed Ajax after succeeding Erik ten Hag over the summer, but was dismissed two weeks ago with Ajax surprisingly down in third.

That would normally throw up a red flag, though it’s important to note Ajax were gutted of many of their finest assets last summer.

Indeed, the Amsterdam club either sold or lost to free agency Andre Onana, Noussair Mazraoui, Lisandro Martinez, Nicolás Tagliafico, Ryan Gravenberch, Antony and Sebastien Haller.

Very few managers in world football would have been able to maintain Ajax’s domestic dominance after losing more than half of their strongest eleven.

Sam Allardyce wants Leeds Utd job

Elsewhere, former England boss and relegation specialist, Sam Allardyce, has thrown his name in the hat.

Speaking to the No Tippy Tappy Football podcast (via the Sun), Allardyce urged Leeds to call him, though acknowledged the phone hasn’t yet rung.

“I’d have thought by now if they were interested in me, they know where I am, so call me,” said Allardyce.

“If someone called me I wouldn’t turn down going chatting about it, certainly not at Leeds United.

“But there has been no call, so before anyone starts any speculation, nobody from Elland Road has called me about the job in hand.

“I watched them against Man United and I wouldn’t see any problem sorting them out, from my point of view with my experience.”

Allardyce would represent arguably the safest pair of hands if Leeds are ready to admit they’re in a relegation scrap.

However, whether the fans would take to what would no doubt be viewed as a regressive appointment remains to be seen. Indeed, his style of football compared to that of Marcelo Bielsa who remains adored in west Yorkshire is chalk and cheese.

In any case, Dutchman Schreuder appears to be Leeds’ new primary target.

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