Leeds United are now considering a move to bring in Steven Gerrard after a number of rejections in their pursuit of a replacement for Jesse Marsch – and his comments about Leeds while at Villa show he has always admired the Whites.
Gerrard is one of two bosses now on the Elland Road list. The Mail say Leeds are looking at a move for the Liverpool legend, as well as ex-Wolves and Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo. Gerrard was sacked by Aston Villa earlier this season.
The 42-year-old struggled towards the end of his stint at Villa. But he performed superbly in his role as Rangers boss to begin with. Such form, winning the league and punching above Rangers’ weight in Europe, earned him a move to Villa.
A good start ended in failure. But with Leeds rejected by five managers including Andoni Iraola and Arne Slot, Leeds could now turn to Gerrard. Following a 3-3 draw towards the end of Marcelo Bielsa’s reign, Gerrard praised Leeds.
“A draw was the right result. A fun game for the fans but not one for the coaches. Defensively we have to improve but Leeds are really unique. Leeds take you places you don’t want to go,” Gerrard told BBC Sport, while in charge of Villa.
Leeds considering Steven Gerrard, he has always admired ‘unique’ Whites
While he would definitely not have been anyone’s choice as manager following the sacking of Marsch, fans may have to start being open to his arrival. Leeds are lacking in options. Those in work, do not want to join a side in 17th place.
They have found that out in the form of Slot, Iraola, Carlos Corberan and Ange Postecoglou. Marcelo Gallardo, who is not in a job after leaving River Plate in December after eight years, does not want to join a new club until the summer.
Gerrard could be the best of a bad situation, and allow Leeds to bring the ex-Rangers boss in until the summer. The manager is renowned for his hard-working demands, his high standards. It could be the ideal mix for Leeds this week.