By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

1st Jun, 2023 | 12:40pm

Chris Wilder to Leeds United mooted by Sky Sports pundit amid 'vitally important' scenario at Elland Road

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United

Paul Robinson has suggested the likes of Chris Wilder, Dean Smith and Sam Allardyce would divide opinion at Leeds United.

The board are yet to make a decision on Allardyce’s future with there still uncertainty over the 49ers’ takeover at Elland Road.

Robinson feels that it’s vitally important for the new manager to hit the ground running in what will be an extremely tough 2023/24 Championship lineup.

“It all depends on the owner’s preference and sporting director’s preference as to what type of manager they want,” Robinson exclusively told MOT Leeds News.

“You look at managers; Sam Allardyce – Championship experience – Dean Smith at Leicester and Chris Wilder [born in Stocksbridge], people like that. Those names will divide opinions.

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“Any manager will win the fans over with results and it’s vitally important that they get results next year and hit the ground running.

“I personally think, on paper, the bottom half of the Premier League is the weakest it’s been for a long time. The Championship next year, on the other hand, has another half of a Premier League if you like.

“Next year, the Championship is going to be the toughest league to get out of.”

Leeds also have the sporting director role to fill after Victor Orta’s departure at the beginning of May. Norwich City’s Stuart Webber has emerged as a candidate.

In other Leeds United news, one football finance expert believes an announcement regarding a Whites takeover is close, with owner Andrea Radrizzani rumoured to be buying Sampdoria.