Six managers who can replace Jesse Marsch at Leeds, including Bielsa Mk II and Liverpool legend

Ange Postecoglou Celtic

Jesse Marsch faces an uncertain future at Leeds United following a string of poor results – but who could replace him at Elland Road?

Marsch replaced club legend Marcelo Bielsa in February and helped the team narrowly avoid relegation on the final day of the campaign.

But some of his summer signings have failed to make a major impact and they’ve had a dreadful start to the 2022/23 season, picking up just nine points from their opening 11 Premier League games.

According to reports, the club have already started the process of selecting Marsch’s replacement and we’ve taken a look at six managers that Leeds could consider.

Steven Gerrard

After being sacked by Aston Villa earlier this month, Gerrard could potentially make a very swift return to management.

The 42-year-old spent 11 months at Villa and failed to live up to expectations but his ill-fated stay in the Midlands shouldn’t ruin his reputation.

He did a fantastic job at Rangers and went unbeaten as they won the Scottish Premiership in 2020/21, ending a 10-year title drought.

According to reports, Leeds director of football Victor Orta is a long-term admirer of Gerrard and was thinking of him as a potential Marcelo Bielsa replacement before ultimately hiring Marsch.

Orta will have to act quickly if he still wants the Liverpool legend as he’s reportedly emerged as a managerial target for Turkish giants Besiktas.

Ange Postecoglou

After a stint at Japanese outfit Yokohama F. Marinos, Postecoglou arrived at Celtic in the summer of 2021 as a relative unknown. 

But he silenced any doubters in his debut season, helping Celtic reclaim the Scottish Premiership title while also winning the League Cup. 

The manager is already a cult hero at Celtic Park and his commitment to high-pressing and entertaining style of football has earned him plenty of plaudits.

“They (Celtic) go at everyone,” Owen Hargreaves told BT Sport. “Ange Postecoglou and the way he plays with beautiful attacking football, he goes after everyone.

“He wants to play attacking football, and this is what they do. They’re good in possession, in transition, they’ve got good attacking players. It’s really nice football. He’s playing such good football at Celtic that the Premier League is going to take notice.”

The 57-year-old was rumoured to be one of the favourites for the Brighton & Hove Albion job following Graham Potter’s departure, but The Telegraph claim that Postecoglou does not want to abandon the project he has started with the Scottish club.

While it won’t be easy, Leeds could potentially change his mind if they make a convincing proposal.

Sean Dyche

While most of the managers on this list don’t have experience of surviving a relegation battle, the same can’t be said for Dyche.

Despite working on a shoestring budget, he constantly helped Burnley punch above their weight and kept them in the Premier League for six seasons in a row. 

The 51-year-old has been without a job since April after being sacked by the Clarets, who were later relegated to the Championship after finishing three points behind Leeds.

Admittedly, Dyche might not be the most popular appointment at Elland Road as his style of football would be in stark contrast to how Leeds operated under Bielsa.

But staying in the Premier League has to be the immediate priority for Victor Orta and Dyche’s track record speaks for itself.

Ruben Amorin

Amorim has been the head coach at Sporting since March 2020 and guided the Lions to a League Cup triumph in January 2021 before ending their 19-year wait for a Portuguese league title.

He is widely regarded as one of the most promising managers in Europe and his attacking style of play isn’t too dissimilar to Bielsa’s.

The 37-year-old, who is also renowned for his faith in young players, has been linked with Aston Villa and Wolves in recent weeks and has refused to rule out a move to the Premier League.

“I don’t have any particular dream about coaching at any specific club. I’m happy,” he said. “I want to be involved in big championships and I like to spread my identity towards my players so that my team represents what I am as a coach.

“I’m still young and I’m still in a big club. I really like this uncertainty about not knowing what comes tomorrow. It might be a goal (to manage in the Premier League), but I’m not making any plans about what I’m going to follow in my future.”

His immediate future could be dependent on Sporting’s progress in Europe as they are hoping to reach the Champions League knockout rounds.

If Sporting fall short in their Champions League group, Amorim may be tempted by a change, and he has a £10m release clause in his contract. 

Julen Lopetegui

After an ill-fated 14-match spell in charge at Real Madrid, Lopetegui became the Sevilla manager in 2019 and rebuilt his reputation. 

The Spaniard won the Europa League in 2020 and also led them into the Champions League for three successive seasons.

While he was sacked following a poor start to the 2022/23 season, he still received a standing ovation from the Sevilla fans after his final game in charge. 

The 56-year-old has since turned down a job offer due from Wolves due to his father’s ill health but could still return to management in the near future.

“Even though he said no on this occasion and Wolves understood, it is quite clear that – when things are better at home – he will look for a team in the Premier League, his next destination and where he will surely find top clubs interested in what he offers,” Guillem Balague said.

Next Man Utd manager; Julen Lopetegui, Europa League winner 2020 after Sevilla beat Inter Milan in final

Kjetil Knutsen

While Knutsen is a name many Leeds fans may not be familiar with, he’s a highly-rated manager and has worked wonders at Norwegian side Bodo/Glimt. 

Before his arrival in 2018, Bodo/Glimt had never won the Eliteserien, but he led the club to back-to-back league titles in 2020 and 2021.

They also reached the Europa Conference League quarter-finals in 2021/22 and Knutsen’s outfit became the first team in history to score six times against a Jose Mourinho side following a 6-1 victory against Roma.

The 54-year-old works on a small budget and is famed for his ‘kamikaze’ style and possession-based tactics, prompting comparisons with Bielsa. 

He’s previously been linked with Aston Villa, Norwich City, Everton, Bournemouth and Brighton but Leeds could be the team that gives him his big break in one of Europe’s top leagues.

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