Three choices for Leeds’ new manager

It’s now become one of the most challenging jobs in English football, but after sacking manager Jesse Marsch, Premier League side Leeds are after a new manager, their second in as many seasons.

The Lilly Whites who will be in their third season in the Premier League, after a 15-year absence, are just a place and a point above the relegation zone, and are starting the unenviable task of trying to appoint a new manager.

Relegation rivals, Wolves and Everton have managed to secure the services of two very talented managers in Julien Lapotegui and Sean Dyche, respectively, who were both out of work.

For West Yorkshire outfit Leeds, their managerial search isn’t going to be easy. With the greatest respect to Leeds United, current unattached managers Thomas Tuchel, Zinedine Zidane and Mauricio Pochettino are highly unlikely to join a club mid-season to compete in a relegation dogfight.

To his credit, Europe League-winning manager Lapotegui did, so you should never say never. Leeds do have some superb players too, to be fair, but the names mentioned are Champions League, club managers.

So with that in mind, we name three realistic managers that Leeds should look to choose from. Before you even think it, Steven Gerrard is not on our list.

Ange Postecoglou

Australian Ange Postecoglou when he came to Celtic was not very well known. The football community were very sceptical, especially since first choice Eddie Howe pulled out of talks to become manager.

Englishman Howe is doing a superb job at Newcastle, but Ange is doing sterling work at Celtic Park.

A league title playing refreshing football, with a very talented Japanese contingent. Postecoglou transformed the Glasgow side.

Although they got knocked out early in the Champions League, they played well and deserved more from some of the games.

In every game, I felt Celtic were involved in the game and not overawed. Two seasons ago he was an unknown but had a glowing recommendation from Pep Guardiola.

Two seasons on. It’s fair to say he would be a good match for several Premier League clubs. Leicester City is one club and Leeds is another.

Leeds United’s hierarchy should not allow such an opportunity to pass by.

Carlos Carvalhal 

Current Celta Vigo manager Carlos Carvalhal has plenty of experience working in England. Not a favourite for the role, like the mainstream media have Andoni Iraola as, but the former Braga manager is a very skilled coach.

With Swansea and Sheffield Wednesday, he did a respectable job, with his side playing good football along the way.

Carvalhal has won silverware too, so will install a winning mentality into these Leeds players who are perilously close to the relegation zone.

Yes, I acknowledge there will be plenty of sceptics, but there are worse managers out there than Carlos Carvalhal. Over to you Leeds?

Ruben Amorim

A common name on our list, but the Portuguese manager has impressed with Sporting Lisbon.

The former midfielder won the Primera Liga with Sporting and did so unbeaten. The Everton job passed him by, as well as being linked with the Aston Villa job too.

Amorim is still young, but so is Julian Nagelsmann. The Bayern manager has been superb where ever he has been.

With Ruben Amorim, the Leeds job could be the natural step in his career. Granted he’s younger than Marsch and Bielsa before him, but youthful vigour has its virtues too.

So that’s our list. It’s a bit left field some of the names, admittedly. We think Ange Postecoglou should be Leeds’ first choice personally.

Other candidates such as Ralph Hasenhuttl, and Roberto Martinez have just got into jobs, or Austrian Hasenhuttl is set to get a new job.

So here are our choices. But do you agree with my choices?

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