Leeds are looking at a move to bring in Steven Gerrard as manager this week after a number of rejections and then, turning down Alfred Schreuder – a boss that Kemar Roofe said was a blessing to play under, calling him “world class”.
The pursuit for a new boss has now lasted eight days. Jesse Marsch was sacked last Monday. Since then, five managers have ruled out a move to Leeds – in Ange Postecoglou, Arne Slot, Carlos Corberan, Marcelo Gallardo and Andoni Iraola.
Alfred Schreuder was expected to come in. He was in the stands on Monday. But, a move for the Dutchman was then stopped late on – with fan reaction on social media urging the club to look elsewhere. Now, attention turns elsewhere.
The Mail say Gerrard is an option, as is ex-Wolves and Spurs manager Nuno Espirito Santo – who is currently in charge of Helder Costa’s Al-Ittihad. Roofe worked under Gerrard at Rangers, before the latter left for Villa. He is a big admirer.
“It’s a blessing [to work with him]. He’s been a top player, we’re not just talking about an average-okay player, we’re talking about world class, a top player of his generation,” Roofe told CBS Sports’ Que Golazo podcast in February 2021.
“And now to be able to work with him, listen to what’s he got to say – good things about myself and also the bad things, to be able to improve – it’s massive,” Roofe continued, who remains at Rangers having been signed by Gerrard.
Leeds looking at Steven Gerrard: Kemar Roofe called him ‘world class’
The thought of appointing Gerrard has been criticised by Leeds fans. But that was after initial links, and the Liverpool legend suddenly looks more appealing after six managers have been linked, and not arrived. He is out of work, too.
Gerrard starred in his role at Rangers, guiding the Ibrox club to the League title unbeaten in 2020-21. He earned his move to Villa, but after a good start, it faltered. So, there is potential. His gritty, hard-working attitude may help Leeds.