By Sam Stone

17th Feb, 2023 | 8:40am

Phil Hay drops 'most likely' Michael Skubala outcome amid 'strange' Leeds United development

Phil Hay has suggested Michael Skubala will be in charge of Leeds United until the end of the season if the Whites pick up positive results against Everton and Southampton.

The under-21s boss was given the job for the foreseeable future on Tuesday evening (14 February) with the board unable to land any of their main targets.

Hay has since claimed that Leeds’ next two fixtures will have a big impact on whether Skubala is in charge until the end of the campaign.

“Skubala, Gallardo and Armas are going to be caretakers now for certainly Everton and Southampton and if those games go to plan then beyond and most likely to the end of the season,” said Hay (The Phil Hay Show, 18m 47s, 17 February).

“However, if those games don’t go to plan then I am not sure we’re done with this yet. It’s been a strange fortnight with the club thinking they had a strong chance of Andoni Iraloa, the club certainly did.”

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Most Leeds United fans will be happy with the decision to give Skubala the job for the next two fixtures. The games against Everton and Southampton will be absolutely vital in their fight against survival and a new manager coming in before may not have been the best preparation.

In an ideal world, Skubala will steady the ship and secure Leeds’ Premier League survival in order for a new manager to take over in the summer. If the board appoint a manager who was not one of their preferred choices, they could well have this whole situation emerge again next season.

It’s clear the board were adamant that Jesse Marsch would be a success and had not put any effort into finding his successor before he was dismissed from his post. It’s certainly been a difficult couple of weeks for Victor Orta, who has faced a lot of criticism.

Two wins against the Toffees and the Saints would certainly go a long way in easing the growing pressure on the Leeds board and relieved fears of dropping back into the Championship.

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