Jesse Marsch’s replacement as Leeds United boss is expected to be in place to take Tuesday’s press conference ahead of the Manchester United game, Graham Smyth reports.
The American was sacked on Monday afternoon (6 February) after going without a win in the Premier League since the 4-3 over Bournemouth on 5 November.
It appears that a replacement is due to be named imminently, with a new manager in the dug out for the first of back-to-back meetings with the club’s old Manchester rivals, and also expected to face the media before hand.
Smyth writes in the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Leeds have a plan in place for Wednesday night’s game [at] Old Trafford and will soon be in a position to confirm who will be on the touchline. That person will take tomorrow’s press conference to preview the clash with Manchester United.
“And the club say they are already well on with a replacement and hopeful of a swift appointment. Club sources say the board are aligned on the direction they wish to take next and fans can expect to hear from Elland Road decision makers this week as they map out the immediate post-Marsch future.”
His colleague Joe Donnohue wrote in his own YEP report: “The club are seeking to make a swift appointment before Wednesday evening’s Premier League fixture against Manchester United at Old Trafford and are understood to have a small shortlist of potential candidates.”
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Clearly this has been brewing since before the 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Sunday (5 February) if the hierarchy are ready to appoint a new boss within a day.
The loss was indicative of the issues under Marsch, with dominance for most of the match not turned into points due to a lack of cutting edge.
If that was the final straw then it appears the backing in the January transfer market put him on very short notice, and he immediately used it up.
A manager-less Whites facing Erik ten Hag’s third-placed side on Wednesday (8 February) and Sunday (12 February) isn’t a particularly enticing prospect for Leeds United fans, so having made the decision move to sack Marsch it is a positive that those in charge have a replacement expected quickly.
Carlos Corberan has immediately been the name mentioned the most, with Fabrizio Romano reporting via Twitter that the former Marcelo Bielsa assistant is on the list, but with the Spaniard doing a good job at West Brom and only arriving there in October it would be some move to bring him in instantly.
Whoever it ends up being has a job on their hands to keep the Whites out of a relegation battle, but they will have a newly stacked squad to work with in order to do so.
In other Leeds United news, one key member of the Elland Road top brass wanted Marsch to stay amid disagreements behind the scenes.