By Jonty Banks

19th Feb, 2023 | 9:37am

Alfred Schreuder was left confused after three-year deal manager talks with Leeds United collapsed - Alan Nixon

Alfred Schreuder was left puzzled by the collapse of his move to become Leeds United manager after being told a three-year deal was on the table, according to Alan Nixon.

The former Ajax boss was in attendance at Elland Road for the Whites’ Premier League defeat to Manchester United last Sunday (12 February) and was subsequently linked with becoming Jesse Marsch’s successor in West Yorkshire. [The Telegraph, 12 February]

However, the following day (13 February) The Athletic’s Phil Hay reported he was no longer in the running for the position, and he had flown back to Holland instead, with the club discussing further candidates.

Writing via his Patreon account on Sunday (19 February), The Sun journalist Nixon revealed that Schreuder was left confused at the breakdown in talks with Leeds after an initial three-year deal was cut down to 18 months, before talks ended completely.

“Dutch coach Alfred Schreuder was left puzzled by the collapse of his move to Leeds United,” he wrote.

“The former Ajax chief met the Yorkshire club and was told that a three-year deal was up for discussion.

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“Schreuder was then informed that the contract would only be for 18 months and after further talks with owner Andrea Radrizzani decided against taking him on altogether.”

Another one down the drain

Although the overwhelming majority of the Leeds fanbase supported the decision to halt talks with Schreuder, is this just a glimpse of the shambles of a managerial chase Victor Orta has led in the last fortnight?

You can’t help but feel that the director of football may have mucked about a few more managers than just Schreuder with contract lengths and buy-out clauses as the club continues to search for a new permanent manager.

The likes of Carlos Corberan were there for the taking, but somehow the club failed to snap up his services.

The blame must fall solely on the board for this farce of a manager hunt, with the likes of Everton, Southampton and Bournemouth all getting a jump on the Whites while Michael Skubala has been left in charge on a temporary basis.

There was an air of inevitability about the defeat at Goodison Park on Saturday (18 February), with Sean Dyche an experienced operator in a relegation fight and Leeds without a permanent leader in the dugout.

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