By Anthony Onifade

17th Feb, 2023 | 6:10pm

Jamie Carragher shares Leeds United next manager 'theory' as new twist emerges

Leeds United’s sacking of Marcelo Bielsa and Jesse Marsch in the past year shows the club should be “taking another path” in regard to their next managerial appointment, according to pundit Jamie Carragher.

The Whites have been on the hunt for a new boss for over a week following the dismissal of Jesse Marsch [6 February], and have been linked with a whole host of candidates including Carlos Corberan, Arne Slot and Andoni Iraola who have all rejected their advances.

This has led to a new twist this week as the club announced on Tuesday [The Athletic, 14 February] that under-21s boss Michael Skubala will be given the interim job for the foreseeable future with the board unable to land any of their main targets.

Carragher, speaking on his column for The Telegraph [17 February] argued Leeds are unsure of which path to take in terms of their new manager, and sacking both Bielsa and Marsch with similar tactical philosophies shows the club should try out a new path.

He said: “Leeds, however, have known for months that Marsch’s position was in jeopardy given the team’s generally poor form.

“For them to be going into a fixture as potentially defining as that at Goodison without a permanent replacement shows they are still unsure of the right path, even if caretaker Michael Skubala eventually gets the job full-time. The uncertainty should make their supporters more nervous, whatever the merits of Marsch’s sacking.

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“One theory about Leeds is they have made their recruitment process trickier as they are looking for a coach who will be able to work with players accustomed to the same formation and style as Marcelo Bielsa and Marsch. One of the attractions of Marsch was that his high-pressing game had similarities to his predecessor.

“Doesn’t the fact that both managers have been sacked in the last year suggest they should be open to taking another path?”


Carragher certainly has a point. The fact that the club sacked Bielsa and tried out Marsch who holds similar tactical philosophies is arguably showing that their idea of getting in a high-intensity and pressing manager simply isn’t working.

It probably is time for the board to change tact with their new appointment, but the fact that they still can not find someone to replace Marsch is seriously disappointing and an absolute mess.

The Leeds United board are currently under much scrutiny right now, and rightly so. The club are in the position they’re in for a reason. If they believed Marsch wasn’t the right man, why didn’t they take action sooner but also plan out a path to replace him swiftly?

There doesn’t seem to be any plan right now which could prove damaging in the coming weeks as Skubala has the impossible job of steering a sinking ship that is dragging itself closer and closer to the relegation picture.

It’s about to get really ugly within the Leeds United fanbase, if the board need any advice on how difficult and toxic it could become they only need to look at Saturday’s opponents, Everton.

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