Leeds have four intriguing options to replace Jesse Marsch

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Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch is facing renewed pressure after another defeat on Sunday. The 3-2 home loss to newly-promoted Fulham was the Whites’ fourth in a row, leaving them 18th in the Premier League table and forcing fans to question whether they could be better off with someone else at the helm. With that said, Express Sport takes you through four intriguing candidates to take over at Elland Road…

Marcelo Bielsa

The Argentine veteran has been out of work since the threat of relegation saw him sacked by Leeds in February this year. Despite the poor run of results that preceded his exit, Bielsa’s reputation remained immaculate among Leeds fans having guided them back to the Premier League after a 16-year absence. 

A tactical pioneer with an exciting style of play, the 67-year-old has names like Argentina, Chile and Lazio on his managerial CV. It remains to be seen whether he would be keen to return to Elland Road or leave that chapter of his career in the past. 

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Sean Dyche

If the focus is on keeping Leeds in the top flight, there would be few better to turn to than Dyche. The former tough-tackling defender spent a decade at Turf Moor making sure Burnley punched above their weight, routinely surviving relegation on a shoestring budget. 

Although his tactics are effective, selling his appointment to Leeds fans may be a tough task given that it would likely mean the end of the free-flowing football seen under Bielsa and, to a lesser extent, Marsch. Dyche has been out of work since April this year as the Clarets wielded the axe shortly before their relegation was confirmed. 

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Steven Gerrard

Another option that could divide Leeds fans, Gerrard may have been considered a coup had he been appointed before Aston Villa got there first in November last year. His time with Rangers was superb, romping the league title in 2020/21 with 102 points from a possible 114 and going undefeated. 

But his managerial stock plummeted at Villa Park, struggling to make the side gel before receiving his marching orders last week. Even so, the former Liverpool captain has previously shown that he can cut it at a big club and his glittering playing career would give the Whites serious pull in the transfer market. 

Mauricio Pochettino

From emotional to effective to controversial to ambitious – bringing Pochettino to Elland Road may be a tough ask for Leeds’ owners. The Argentine routinely led Tottenham to top-three finishes during his time in the Premier League but he had a tough time at Paris Saint-Germain. 

Pochettino has been linked with just about every English managerial vacancy over the past few weeks, including the England job itself if Gareth Southgate leaves after the World Cup. Speculation is unlikely to die down as one of the most sought-after managers on the continent who has been out of work since July. 

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