Jamie O'Hara reacts as Leeds United fan backs Steve Bruce or Sam Allardyce to replace Marcelo Bielsa
Jamie O’Hara was left stunned as a Leeds United fan suggested Steve Bruce and Sam Allardyce as potential successors to Marcelo Bielsa.
Leeds suffered an embarrassing 7-0 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday (14 December), with the West Yorkshire club 16th after 17 Premier League games this season.
Ex-Tottenham Hotspur midfielder O’Hara discussed the fall-out from the defeat with Dean Saunders on talkSPORT’s Tuesday night Sports Bar show, when a Leeds fan, Jack, called up to air his grievances with Bielsa and call for his departure.
“There’s managers out there, I’ll throw a couple of names out there now,” Jack said. “People will laugh at me but I’m a big admirer of Sam Allardyce, even Steve Bruce, I’d have him in charge.”
Shocked, Sky Sports pundit O’Hara exclaimed: “Steve Bruce! Jack, come on. Steve Bruce and Allardyce? Instead of Bielsa?”
Jack: “I would, genuinely. Seriously. 100%.”
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Wow. Tuesday night was bad but…Bruce? Allardyce? Let’s not get silly here.
Bielsa has done a sensational job at Leeds since arriving in 2018.
He guided the Whites to the Championship play-offs in his first season in charge before winning the league the following campaign.
Arguably, on paper, that squad should not have finished in the top-six.
Then, in Leeds’ first season back in the Premier League since the 2003/04 campaign, they finished ninth, taking four points from eventual runaway winners Manchester City.
Those first three seasons saw some brilliant football played, too, as the Whites became many people’s second favourite team, quite a feat considering the esteem in which Leeds are usually held among rival fanbases.
This season has been tough, mainly due to the volume of injuries, with the likes of Patrick Bamford, Luke Ayling and Robin Koch all spending significant time on the sidelines.
That doesn’t mean Bielsa should escape criticism, but to suggest someone like Bruce, who stunk the place out at Newcastle, is beyond the pale.
It’s a view that surely won’t be shared by most Leeds fans.
In other Leeds United news, Simon Jordan has blasted the narrative around Marcelo Bielsa in a Tuesday pop at Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick.