Following a 4-1 home defeat to Cardiff City at Elland Road the Leeds United board decided time was up on Thomas Christiansen’s time in West Yorkshire.
Steve McLaren was the early favourite to become the new boss due to his presence at Saturday’s game, however, it turned out he was just a guest of coach Paul Butler. As we pointed out on Twitter McLaren is supposedly a Leeds fan and has been spotted at Elland Road on numerous occasions.
So where does that leave us in a search for a manager, fans have voiced their opinion but no one knows what the board is thinking, the only down side to them keeping everything tight lipped.
Here’s a look at some potential candidates for the job.
Realistic – Simon Grayson
It’s no secret that Grayson feels he has some unfinished business at Elland Road following his sacking in 2012. He’d install some passion back into the squad and no doubt get some fire back into United’s front line.
However, defensively he could be another car crash with Berardi, Jansson and Cooper all missing from Leeds’ match day squad for another few weeks. Grayson’s side were known for the “you score two, we’ll score three” approach.
With the fixtures coming up we could do with a more solid set up but giving Grayson the job until at least the end of the season wouldn’t be the worst decision this season.
The only problem is if Grayson was to stay beyond the end of this season he would no doubt want a say in player transfers.
Dream – Marco Silva
Yes, Silva might seem way out of our league but if you can sell someone a project and prove to them that you’re going places and are willing to throw some cash at them then you could realistically land them.
Look at the Wolves boss, yes they will have a bit of money but the manager’s wage their will probably be a fraction of what they’re paying the players, same as Rowatt at Derby, Bruce at Aston Villa. Three of the best managers in the league and they currently occupy the top three spots in the division.
Silva is used to the continental style of a Director of Football in his numerous roles in Europe and at Watford. Only problem with Silva is his head was quite evidently swayed by the Everton interest.
Tactically, he has taken praise since his arrival in England, it would be hard but you can dream.
Do not touch – Jaap Stam
‘Stam ball’ has built a reputation of being a repetitive, boring style of play. It only seems like a matter of time before Reading announce his sacking and Leeds looked at him in the summer along with David Wagner.
While Leeds’ defence is struggling Stam would bring that stability but like I stated before we need a manager who’s also going to get our attack firing on al cylinders as we look flat going forward and are currently lacking ideas.
Reporter | Matthew Beedle