Next Leeds manager odds: The favourites to replace sacked Jesse Marsch at Elland Road

Marsch is out but who's coming in?


Jesse Marsch’s time at Leeds is over with the club hovering just above the relegation zone.

Leeds’ last Premier League victory came all the way back before the World Cup in November and their only wins since then have come in the FA Cup against EFL sides Cardiff and Accrington Stanley.

They lost 1-0 away at relegation rivals Nottingham Forest on February 5th to fall six points behind the newly-promoted side, and Leeds fans made their feelings known with ‘time to go’ chants aimed at their American boss.

Michael Skubala has taken charge of Leeds’ three Premier League clashes since Marsch left and while they drew one and lost two, they had a couple of decent spells and put a shift in.

So let’s have a look at some of the likely Next Leeds Manager contenders to take over at Elland Road, after Leeds confirmed Marsch won’t be marching on together with the club’s fans any longer.



Michael Skubala

Michael Skubala has taken charge of Leeds’ three Premier League clashes since Marsch exit. They drew 2-2 at Manchester United – and could have won – before losing 2-0 at Elland Road against the Red Devils, however, they created a load of chances.

They then went to Everton and lost 1-0 but it was a tight affair. Could it be time for Leeds’ Under-21 coach to get the job full time? Or is it a one-way ticket to the Championship?

Nuno Espirito Santo

Former Porto and Dynamo Moscow shot-stopper Nuno Espirito Santo’s name has really leapt up the list of favourites over recent days. Santo is currently employed in Saudi Arabia with Al-Ittihad where his team have lost just one of their 19 games under his helm.

He didn’t last quite so long in the Tottenham Hotspur hotseat however, getting his march order after just 17 games where he say his side lose seven times. Prior to that he oversaw 199 games with Wolves, winning 95 and losing 55. With a win percentage of 47.06% and 47.74% at those jobs, those figures would surely be enough to see Leeds surviving for another Premier League season.

Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard has been looking for work since being axed by Aston Villa last year.

The Liverpool icon did well north of the border at Rangers but it didn’t go to plan for him at Villa.

He was tipped to take over as the Poland national team boss and he’s also been linked with Southampton but could Leeds move for the 42-year-old?

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Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez has been looking for a new job since being axed by Everton last year and the Spaniard has managed a host of top clubs and players in his career.

Whether going from being Liverpool and Real Madrid manager to taking over at Leeds is something he’d want remains to be seen.

Benitez, who has also been linked with a move to West Ham, had a poor spell at Everton but he’s a defensive manager who would sure up Leeds’ back line.

Andoni Iraola

Andoni Iraola’s price has been tumbling of late. The former right back turned Rayo Vallecano boss has been working wonders in La Liga with the unfancied side sitting just outside the Champions League places.

The 40-year-old enjoyed a long career in the Spanish top flight, playing over 400 times for Athletic Bilbao before finishing off in MLS with New York City.

Arne Slot

Is Feyenoord boss Arne Slot the right man for the job? 

The 44-year-old had a solid playing career in the Eredivisie and he’s doing a great job in his current post with the Rotterdam side and they’re currently top of the table.

Ange Postecoglou

Ange Postecoglou is loving life at Celtic as he eyes his second consecutive Scottish Premiership title but could the Australian be tempted by a Premier League move?

He’s got it cushty north of the border with Celtic clear of their only title threat in Rangers. The former Australia manager might want to test himself at Leeds, however.

Ralph Hasenhuttl

Ralph Hasenhuttl was recently sacked by Southampton after four years at St Mary’s and the Austrian was said to be on Everton’s shortlist before they opted for Dyche.

Hasenhuttl pulled off some impressive wins during his time with the Saints but his side also got battered 9-0 a couple of times. Would he be the right man to steer the ship?

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino has been out of work since leaving PSG last year and he’s clearly waiting for the right project to come along before he jumps back in.

However, it seems unlikely that the Argentine would go from managing Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar to Luke Ayling and Patrick Bamford in a Premier League relegation battle.

Marcelo Bielsa

Most Leeds fans would love to welcome Marcelo Bielsa back to Elland Road but is he the man to keep them in the Premier League?

Bielsa’s murderball style of play made Leeds a must-watch side, however, they were also wide open at the back on regular occasions.

Bielsa went for the Everton job before they picked Sean Dyche so he’s clearly looking to get back into work. He also apparently offered to manage the Under-21 side before taking over the first team in the summer. It’s nice to see he hasn’t changed, the oddball.

Michael Carrick

Former Manchester United assistant and caretaker manager Michael Carrick is doing a brilliant job at Championship club Middlesbrough.

Boro look set to secure a playoff spot and they’ll be hoping to catch Sheffield United for automatic promotion if their form holds up.

Carrick made over 300 appearances for United as a player and he knows how a big club runs so could he make it work in the Leeds dugout?

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