After announcing on Monday that they have fired Jesse Marsch less than a year into his job at Elland Road, Leeds United is looking for a new head coach. The American was hired last season to replace Marcelo Bielsa and successfully managed to keep the team in the Premier League.
However, he failed to meet expectations after being granted decent spending in the summer. Leeds sporting director Victor Orta and owner Andrea Radrizzani are busy choosing the next manager of the club. It is to be noted that Carlos Corberan and Andoni Iraola, have already ruled out becoming Leeds’ next manager. In this article, we have ranked the six likely successors of Jesse Marsch at Leeds United.
6. Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino is one of the biggest linked with Leeds’ job right now. The Argentine coach has been out of work since leaving PSG at the end of last season. The 50-year-old was extremely popular during his time at Spurs from 2014 to 2020. He led the club to their highest-ever Premier League finish and also helped them reach the Champions League final for the first time in their history.
5. Ralph Hasenhuttl
Former Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has also been linked with the vacant role at Leeds United. Southampton fired the Austrian coach back in November, but the south coast team has not improved since then. However, as he demonstrated with Southampton in 2018, he has prior experience leading a team away from relegation after taking a position in the second half of the season.
4. Ange Postecoglou
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is reportedly still on the Leeds United shortlist to fill their vacant managerial position. Celtic are nine points clear of Glasgow rivals Rangers in the table, as Postecoglou is on course to bring yet another title to Paradise. Thus, it is needless to say that it would take some pursuing to bring him to the Elland Road at this point of time.
3. Marcelo Gallardo
Leeds have made contact with former River Plate manager Marcelo Gallardo as they look to find a new boss, but the 47-year-old is reportedly unconvinced by the approach. The ESPN report suggests Gallardo is only interested in taking over a new club pre-season and building a project from there.
Although Sevilla has also been connected to the former Argentina international, he has not yet made the move to Europe for a high-profile position.
2. Nuno Espirito Santo
According to rumours, Nuno Espirito Santo has become a potential candidate for Leeds to take Jesse Marsch’s post. The Portuguese manager was fired by Tottenham 15 months ago and is now in charge of the Saudi Arabian team Al-Ittihad.
His tenure with Tottenham was definitely below average but he brought the best out at Wolves when he was the manager of the club. Not only he brought the Wolves to the Premier League but also led the club to a 7th-place finish in the Premier League twice.
1. Arne Slot
Arne Slot is bookmakers’ favourite to become the new Leeds United manager. Arne’s side Feyenoord is currently on top of the Dutch Eredivisie, which also raised the question of whether he would be willing to leave a potential title-winning side to fight a relegation battle with Leeds.
However, Arne is definitely someone who could help this Leeds side to play beautiful football and acquire results. He was named the Eredivisie Manager of the Year at the end of last season, beating former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag to the award.
Managers with outside chance: Marcelo Bielsa, Kjetil Knutsen & Rafa Benitez