By Craig Scott

26th Oct, 2022 | 7:40am

Mauricio Pochettino and Rafa Benitez contenders to be next Leeds United managers - Jeff Stelling

Mauricio Pochettino is in contention to be the next Leeds United manager, according to the eyes of Jeff Stelling.

Jesse Marsch is under huge pressure to keep his job at Elland Road after the Whites dropped into the Premier League’s relegation zone with a home defeat to Fulham on Sunday.

Leeds fans seem as though they’re turning on the American, who was hired to replace Marcelo Bielsa back in February and managed to just about keep the Yorkshire club in the Premier League last season.

Stelling believes former Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain boss Pochettino could take the job at Leeds while he’s also named Rafa Benitez as a potential contender.

“He’s got nine points from 11 games,” said Stelling on Sky Sports News on Tuesday night (25 October, 07:17pm).

“If you look back at the start of last season, Marcelo Bielsa got 11 points in 11 games and he got the sack. If you looked at those available, Pochettino and Rafa Benitez.”

Clinton Morrison was on the Sky Sports panel on Tuesday and didn’t think that Pochettino would be keen on a return to England by going to Leeds.

Morrison replied: “Pochettino ain’t. No disrespect but I don’t think Pochettino wants that.”

Stelling interrupted to say: “They’re a big club.”

Morrison then said: “They are a big club.”

Poch, absolutely – Rafa, nope

Pochettino didn’t manage PSG because he’s a bad manager.

Expectations and egos are massive in the French capital and it does seem as though it’s a poisoned chalice unless there’s a Champions League victory.

Going from Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi to Adam Forshaw and Liam Cooper would be one massive shock to the system for Pochettino.

However, he’s managed at this sort of level before with Southampton and there’s no denying that he did a wonderful job at Tottenham.

Speaking to Sky Sports in 2017, Harry Kane said: “Mauricio is one of the best managers in the world, if not the best.”

Pochettino would get a resounded ‘yes’ from us.

But it wouldn’t be the case with Benitez.

The former Liverpool manager struggled massively at Everton and his interviews after that spell at Goodison suggested he was full of excuses and blamed his failure on the fact he had ties to Anfield.

At Newcastle, he was popular with fans but ultimately, his results were barely any better than what Steve Bruce managed.

He’s also had a stint in China so there’s no way we should be going near him.

In other Leeds United news, Marsch has been told to enter quiet talks with the PGMOL after Jeff Stelling made an accusation.