Leeds United confirmed that Michael Skubala would remain as caretaker manager for the “upcoming fixtures” in a statement on Tuesday evening – and The Guardian report what convinced the Leeds board to keep Skubala in place.
The search for a new manager has now entered a ninth day. Jesse Marsch was sacked last Monday after a 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest. Leeds have since played against Manchester United twice, drawing 2-2, and then losing 2-0.
Leeds remain in a perilous position in 17th place in the league table, just a point above Everton. The Toffees failed to build on their win over Arsenal on Monday, losing the Merseyside derby to Liverpool. But, a new boss has not arrived.
Leeds have seen moves for Ange Postecoglou, Raul, Andoni Iraola, Marcelo Gallardo, Arne Slot and Carlos Corberan all rejected. A short-term move for Alfred Schreuder was likely, before Leeds pulled the plug on a move for the Dutchman.
With crucial matches against Everton and then Southampton – the latter which could see Marsch face Leeds – Leeds have made the decision to keep Skubala in place. The statement says Skubala will remain for the “upcoming” games.
Guardian report what convinced Leeds board to keep Skubala in place
The report from The Guardian says that the Leeds board have been impressed by Skubala. They have been convinced by his tactical tweaks during the games against Manchester United. That, and the clarity he has afforded to his players.
It is unclear how long Leeds have given to Skubala. Definitely the match against Everton on Saturday and maybe, the outing against potentially, Marsch and his new Saints side. Whether he is in charge beyond that, remains to be seen.
While Skubala has earned praise for his work in the Leeds dugout, in tough circumstances, it is a sign that Leeds have failed in their pursuit of a new manager. But making this announcement does offer clarity, and give the board time.