Leeds should be a 'long-term job' claims former star striker

Michael Bridges thinks that the next Leeds manager should be given at least three years to prove himself at Elland Road.

Recently departed head coach Dave Hockaday lasted just 70 days in charge of the Whites, before President Massimo Cellino deemed him unfit to lead the club to success.

Having failed to lead Forest Green to promotion with the largest budget in the Conference, it came as no surprise that Hockaday failed to deliver on a larger stage, and his removal from the club was a long awaited process.

Former players Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Dominic Matteo and Robbie Fowler have all reportedly applied for the job, but with the need for instant success at Elland Road, the chance of tarnishing your reputation is more likely than leading the club back into the Premier League.

However, former striker Michael Bridges, who scored 19 league goals in his first season with the Whites - leading them to a third placed finish in the top flight - believes that the incoming manager, whoever he is, should be given time to prove himself - as stability has been at a minimum in Yorkshire for the past few seasons.

Speaking to talkSPORT, the former England Under-21 international said: “It has been shambles at Leeds United since the new owner has come in.

“You just don’t know where they are going. They have a got a cracking fanbase and they just need some stability.

“They need someone to say, ‘this is a long-term job, you’ve got three years’.

“Look at what Brendan Rodgers has done during his time at Swansea and Liverpool. He was given an opportunity but also given time. Leeds always seem to be looking for a quick fix.”

Whilst Bridges touches on some important points, with a long-term manager likely to bring endured success, his claim that the club has been a ‘shambles’ since the arrival of Cellino seems unfounded. Having arrived at a time when the Yorkshire club was losing more than £1 million a month, the Italian cleared all outstanding debt owed, and worked hard to repay wages to the players. He has started to prepare for the oncoming transfer embargo, which was caused by the previous ownership, by signing a number of players to last the entire season, and he has promised to buy back Elland Road.

His choice of manager may have been off when he appointed Hockaday, but with everything else he has done for the club, there is no denying that he has certainly brought stability to Leeds - rather than destroying the club as Bridges suggests he has.

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