By Sam Stone

15th Feb, 2023 | 7:10pm

Leeds United 'alive' to interim manager change despite Michael Skubala development

Leeds United are “alive” to alternative interim options despite Michael Skubala continuing in the caretaker role, according to Leeds Live journalist, Beren Cross.

The Yorkshire side confirmed on Tuesday evening (14 February) that the under-21s boss will remain in charge for the Whites’ upcoming fixtures.

Cross has since claimed the situation is being monitored and that the board will “swoop” if the right candidate becomes available before the season’s conclusion.

“The situation will be monitored, block of games by block of games. The hunt for Marsch’s permanent successor continues and if the right candidate emerges before the end of the campaign, Leeds will swoop,” wrote the Leeds Live journalist (15 February).

“If the Skubala project falters, Leeds are alive to interim options which may provide more experience. However, there is faith in the former futsal supremo.”

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The decision to appoint Skubala is probably the smartest move the board can make at present. He’s made a good impression since taking the reins and seems to have a positive relationship with a number of the players. The decision-makers at Elland Road will face criticism due to their failure to land one of their first choices.

However, the decision to delay until the summer will look like an inspired one if the club can secure their Premier League survival. Andoni Iraola is the man the board are clearly after and could potentially be prised away from Rayo Vallecano in the summer.

Right now all the attention will be on this weekend’s huge Premier League clash against Everton at Goodison Park. The Toffees are just one point and one place below Leeds in the table and the clash on Merseyside does have a season-defining feel to it.

A point would certainly be better for Leeds than Sean Dyche’s side and Skubala would potentially take a draw before kickoff.

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