It seems as each day passes a new name is thrown into the hat for who is set to become the new man in charge at Elland Road. Two of our writers have come together to share who the favourites are to take the job and they also share their thoughts on each candidate. Have a read; let us know what you think.
Currently the man in the hot seat and Neil got off to a flying start last weekend with a three nil away victory at Bristol. Seems like a nice guy and undoubtedly has a wealth of football related experience, he has also received the public backing of senior players at the club. Despite having the upmost respect for Neil Redfearn, I do not believe he is the right man for the job. He lacks managerial experience and if the sacking of Grayson is to be productive, I feel we need a complete change of tact, someone who has been there and done it. The manager needs to be the most important man at the club, not the players, certainly not the chairman.
At the time of writing Dave Jones is the bookies favourite, how? He had vastly more resources and failed to take Cardiff into the Premier League.
Not a popular figure at Elland Road but could probably do a decent job, has plenty of experience in the Championship and has taken a team to the Premier League. Looked out of his depth at that level though and would not be my choice.
No thanks. Decent manager but hasn’t shown the ability to manage successfully on a shoe string in the Championship.
Roberto Di Matteo
Again no thanks, not enough managerial experience for me and to be honest seems a bit wet. We’ve had a couple of Bates mates in charge before and it didn’t work out.
The youngest manager in the Football League and no doubt potentially an excellent coach. For me though he lacks the experience necessary and you’d have to question why he would want to leave an ambitious side he’s spent the last two years building, especially to be at the beck and call of Ken Bates…?
After dismissing the above options, here are my top three candidates for the job:
1) Alan Curbishley
Proven at this level and the Premier League, Curbishley could potentially be an excellent long term choice for Leeds United. He has managed on a budget at Charlton and did well at West Ham before falling out with the owners. My first choice but unfortunately there has been little mention of his name in the media so i can only assume he’s waiting for a better offer.
2) Neil Warnock
Another proven manager at this level having won a record number of Football League promotions. Hasn’t really cracked Premier League management but I do think he has it in him to be successful at that level. Worth employing for his team talk abilities alone (see YouTube). Warnock would not be the players’ mate he would be the boss. We only need to look across the Pennines to see how a football club should be run and if left to his own devices Warnock could lead us back to the Promised Land. I understand he is a divisive figure, the guy everybody loves to hate, but Leeds United is the club everybody loves to hate and that’s when we are at our best. Warnock is a more realistic option than Curbishley and is my more realistic first choice.
3) Lee Clarke
Doing a fantastic job at Huddersfield and plays the right way. He is lacking experience and has so far failed to promote Huddersfield. I do think he would be a good manager but I don’t see him being too different from Simon Grayson and I believe we had a good manager there.
Jeff seems to have covered most of the names linked with the job (of which there have been many). The only name not mentioned is that of Raddy Antic, however despite an impressive CV I’m not keen. Championship football is a world away from the fluid style ofcontinental and international football, and I’d fear for us should he be handed the reins.
My vote goes to Lee Clark. In some respects his arrogance offends me, in others I think it’s exactly what we need. I liked Grayson but his demeanour and personality often had an air of vulnerability, as if to say he had run out of ideas. I can’t help but think this will have rubbed off on the players. Lee Clark is a man who exudes confidence so I don’t think you’d get this with him. It would be a gamble though.
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