Has Phil Hay just suggested who Leeds United might try to hire as Marcelo Bielsa’s successor once the Argentine’s days at Elland Road are over?

The Mirror has reported that West Brom are eyeing up Charlton manager, and former Leeds midfielder, Lee Bowyer to potentially replace Slaven Bilic if the Croatian boss exits The Hawthorns.

According to The Athletic journalist Hay via his personal Twitter account on Friday, Leeds have “always thought highly of Bowyer as a coach” but admits that a move from League One Charlton to Premier League West Brom would be “quite a jump”.

In a separate tweet, the former Yorkshire Evening Post journalist added that Leeds “think he’s got something about him”.

Bowyer obviously has a link with Leeds and whenever a manager’s future is up in the air, you always see former players get linked with that club.

We’re not saying for one minute that Bielsa is going to be leaving Leeds any time soon but with the South American not wanting to commit to anything more than a one-year contract every season, it would be daft to not even consider that Elland Road will be in a post-Bielsa era one day.

Bowyer’s done a good job at Charlton.

He helped them get to the Championship and was very unfortunate last season when they were relegated with a ridiculous number of injuries in his squad and top goalscorer Lyle Taylor’s refusal to play after lockdown.

Charlton now look on course to return to the second-tier and as Leeds fans, we hope that Bowyer is able to do that.

But if West Brom come calling, it will be interesting to see where he would stand because moving from the positive environment of a promotion race at Charlton to the restricted conditions of being in charge at relegation-threatened Albion doesn’t sound too appealing.

Whatever happens, we wish Bowyer well.

In other Leeds United news, a Sky Sports pundit claims an “embarrassing” scoreline is on the cards for Crystal Palace versus Leeds.

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