Feyenoord manager Arne Slot has confirmed on Friday – as per Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf – that he is staying at the Eredivisie leaders amid reports that Leeds United had made an approach to bring him to the club this month.
Slot, 44, has been working wonders. Impressing at AZ Alkmaar in his first role as a manager, he was handed the job at Feyenoord in the summer of 2021. Since then, he has taken Feyenoord to the Europa Conference League final.
That was in his first season. This time around, he is pushing his side to a potential Eredivisie title. Feyenoord sit top of the table ahead of the likes of Ajax, or PSV Eindhoven. That form as a manager has attracted Leeds this week.
After the sacking of Jesse Marsch, Leeds have moved for Carlos Corberan, Andoni Iraola and Marcelo Gallardo – as well as Slot. The aforementioned trio have rejected Leeds. The Independent say Leeds have made a Slot approach.
Now, Slot has joined that list. It comes after speaking on Friday, as per De Telegraaf. He says that he will be staying at his current club – as he continues to pursue “something beautiful” at Feyenoord under his impressive reign.
“I’m staying, I’m just staying trainer of Feyenoord. I can say that now. There has been contact between the clubs, but we are working on something beautiful here,” Slot said today, as per Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
Arne Slot confirms he is staying at Feyenoord amid Leeds reports
It is just another example of Leeds throwing themselves into a situation without any prior planning. Leeds have decided to sack Marsch, which was the right decision. But they had not planned for it, and that is now evident.
Four top manager targets have been approached, and all four have been rejected. Not good. Leeds may now have to turn to a lesser manager, one on the B-list. It is unclear where Leeds will now turn to, perhaps, an out-of-work boss.