Phil Hay shares latest on potential new Leeds United manager, Brendan Rodgers and Graham Potter named
Graham Potter and Brendan Rodgers are two names that Leeds United could try to approach for the vacant managerial position this summer, according to Phil Hay.
Fabrizio Romano recently reported (10 May) that Sam Allardyce, who was brought in to steady the ship until the end of the season, will leave Elland Road this summer, with the club eyeing a younger manager for a long-term project.
Writing in his latest piece for The Athletic, Hay shared that Leeds may enquire about Rodgers if the club are relegated to the Championship, while Potter remains an option if Leeds escape relegation and remain a Premier League side next season.
“If Leeds were to stay up, they would like to try to engage someone such as Graham Potter, who did well in three Premier League seasons at Brighton but lasted just seven months of this one after joining Chelsea last September,” he wrote.
“Should they go down, recently-sacked Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers is likely to come into the equation, at least in terms of the sort of coach they would want. Whether Rodgers is open to working in the EFL again, having led Swansea City up from it in 2011, is another matter altogether.”
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You can’t knock the ambition of Leeds United if these two names are serious candidates, but whether they would actually consider taking the controls at Elland Road is another question.
Rodgers, who has previously led Celtic to numerous trophies in Scottish football and came within a Steven Gerrard slip of winning the Premier League, is unlikely to want to drop down to the Championship, no matter how many assurances he is given about transfers and personal wages.
There is no harm in approaching the former Foxes boss, but he is widely considered among the Premier League’s elite managers, so it would be extremely surprising if he dropped back into the EFL.
If Allardyce does produce a miracle and keep the Whites in the Premier League, there would be few better options than Potter.
He is a young, hungry manager who has proven he can develop a clear identity at a club if given the necessary time.
This would certainly fit the bill for Leeds’ search for a young manager, but first, they club must somehow escape the clutches of relegation.
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