By George Overhill

18th Feb, 2023 | 2:30pm

BBC Sport pundit has seen enough from Michael Skubala at Leeds United, drops panic verdict ahead of Everton clash

Michael Skubala has shown Don Hutchison enough in his time as Leeds United caretaker manager to show him there is no need for panic at the club.

The back-to-back matches against Manchester United since Jesse Marsch was fired saw solid performances but just a point recorded for the Whites, yet a new permanent boss has continued to evade the board and Skubala has been given longer in the job.

Ahead of the hugely-important relegation six-pointer at Everton on Saturday (18 February) the former Toffees player believes the caretaker has shown him enough to be given the rest of the season.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, as per the the BBC Sport live-blog at 1.27pm, the pundit said: “I’ve seen enough in [caretaker manager] Michael Skubala in his two games and I would not be panicking for a manager tomorrow at Leeds.

“I would give Skubala a chance, I’ve seen enough in him so let him coach and manage until the end of the season.

“The performances against Manchester United in two games were quite good.”

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At the current rate it won’t be a move that the club has much option but to make considering how unsuccessful the search for a permanent appointment has been.

It is to Skubala’s credit that the failed approaches for the likes of Carlos Corberan, Andoni Iraola and Arne Slot hasn’t seen the situation become a major panic already.

Had Leeds United been thrashed twice in a week by Erik ten Hag’s men the whole outlook would be far more desperate.

If he can follow those performances up with a much-needed win at Goodison Park then there is every chance he stays in charge for even longer than currently planned.

Ultimately, if he can keep the club in the Premier League then that is as good a choice as any, but he is inexperienced so it is a gamble, and as soon as there is a bad performance or two that panic will ramp up.

The board should have had a plan in place for when they sacked Marsch, and it is lucky for them that Skubala has held things together so far when it turned out they didn’t have one.

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