By Jonty Banks

19th Feb, 2023 | 1:25pm

Phil Hay reveals Leeds United ideal manager plan after loss to Everton in Premier League

Leeds United ideally want to keep interim boss Michael Skubala in charge until the end of the season, before attacking the managerial market in the summer, according to Phil Hay.

The Whites crumbled to a dismal 1-0 defeat against relegation rivals Everton on Saturday (18 February) after Michael Skubala was tasked with charging the team for the foreseeable future.

The Atheltic’s journalist Hay has now revealed (19 February) that the Whites ideally want Skubala to lead the club to Premier League safety following the sacking of Jesse Marsch as manager, before finding a permanent solution in the summer.

He wrote: “Ideally, the club would like Skubala to push them through to the end of the season; to limit the damage, keep the squad up and let the board — however it looks at that stage — attack the managerial market at a riper time of year.”


It’s hard to believe just how badly the past fortnight has gone for Leeds United.

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With the prospect of a fresh dawn awaiting after Marsch was relieved of his duties, large portions of the fanbase were excited by the prospect of drawing clear of the relegation zone and seeing their new January signings thrive at Elland Road.

However, things have simply gone from one disaster to another, and the Leeds board are culpable for every poor decision made.

Firstly, how the club failed to create a contingency plan in the situation of Marsch’s sacking is quite remarkable, considering the financial implications of relegation from the top flight. Every manager on Victor Orta’s list of replacements was either happily in a job or unavailable for financial reasons, something that surely was known before they sacked Marsch.

Leaving Skubala in the job until the end of the season is yet another risky roll of the dice, and on the evidence of the performance at Goodison Park, one that won’t result in Premier League safety.

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