Former Reading, Sunderland and QPR bosses are in the fray while a former assistant at Elland Road and a Manchester United legend could also be in the running
The writing has been on the wall for a little while now at Leeds United in regards to the managerial position of Neil Warnock. Now the former QPR and Sheffield United boss has decided to step aside and make way for fresh blood at Elland Road.
Much of Warnock’s time at the Yorkshire club was hindered by a protracted takeover bid and he had already maintained his stance that should Leeds not get promoted he would walk from the job. After the 2-1 defeat against Derby County on Easter Monday he felt the time was right.
Even if he had managed to get Leeds promoted there were no assurances from the man himself that he would remain at the helm. He cited the example of his close friend and the sadly missed Nigel Doughty, who died last February of a sudden heart attack aged just 54, as a reason why life was too short for just football.
For Warnock it now seems he may head into retirement mode; at least for now. He can spend time with his family and enjoy the simpler things in life and good on him. He has earned his rest.
But there is still the small problem of who takes his place?
It is easy to forget just how massive a club Leeds United is. Not only because of their Champions League run of 1999-2000 so commonly cited in the media as a mark of where they were before; but because a certain age-group will always regard Leeds United with misty eyes. The great era of the late 60’s early 70’s cannot be forgotten.
So who gets the coveted reins?
Here are five potential options…
The early favourite and looking a very popular choice amongst the Leeds faithful is the former Reading manager. His recent success at this level will always make him a candidate for the role and he recently admitted on Goals On Sunday his admiration for Leeds fans and the football club.
The Uruguayan has previous of course. He was assistant to Dennis Wise at Elland Road back in 2006 and is leading Brighton on a promotion bid this season.
If that fails to materialise it may just be the perfect move.
The former QPR boss will always see his name thrown in the hat for any job that comes up now.
But with his reputation in tatters and his Manchester United connection to consider this would be an unpopular choice for Leeds fans.
Another manager who would be a popular choice and after his recent sacking by Sunderland would not cost Leeds much in terms of effort or money.
However you get the feeling O’Neill may want a break before diving back into management.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
This is the outside bet if you ask me.
Leeds fans may struggle to look beyond his affinity with rivals Manchester United but if they do they will see that Solskjaer is one of the top young managerial talents in Europe who would be chomping at the bit to manage a team as prestigious as Leeds United.
Leeds fans; who do you want to be the next manager?
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