By George Overhill

9th Feb, 2023 | 2:10pm

Leeds United make private indication on short-term move after Carlos Corberan and Andoni Iraola blows

Leeds United are ready to resort to an interim managerial appointment after missing out on Carlos Corberan and Andoni Iraola, according to the Daily Mail.

Rayo Vallecano have blocked the Whites’ from approaching their manager [Sky Sports, 9 February], after West Brom locked up theirs with a new contract extension on Tuesday 7 February.

That has left the hierarchy scrambling to make an appointment, and amid the disappointments of missing out of their preferred options midseason it appears they are now prepared to go for a short-term fix before addressing the matter properly at the end of the season.

The Mail report on Thursday (9 February): “Leeds have indicated privately that they will consider an interim appointment if necessary with the club’s owners and sporting director Victor Orta preferring to wait until the summer for the right man rather than appoint in haste now.”

Emergency measures

Michael Skubala led the temporary three-man team with Chris Armas and Paco Gallardo as the Whites recorded a creditable 2-2 draw at Old Trafford on Wednesday night (8 January).

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Having gone 2-0 up the result could have been even better, and with the manager search becoming more of an ordeal than originally anticipated it looks like the same arrangement will be in place when Erik ten Hag’s men arrive at Elland Road on Sunday (12 February).

Should that game have a similar outcome it may be that the caretaker trio are considered as the interim measure, although it would be placing a huge amount of faith in them to keep the club in the Premier League.

Otherwise, an interim appointment might bring into play options in the mould of new Everton manager Sean Dyche, who took over at Goodison Park on 30 January, just a week before Jesse Marsch was sacked.

Arne Slot at Feyenoord has now become the primary option after Iraola and Corberan were apparently knocked out of the running.

But the Dutch side aren’t going to be much more open to letting him go than Rayo Vallecano and West Brom were, so it might be the summer before he or Iraola become available.

A decision needs to be made soon with relegation six-pointers against Everton and Southampton coming up.

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