The Guardian claim Leeds United are considering a move to sack Javi Gracia and appoint a fourth manager this season – with Alan Pardew deemed a ‘possible option’ for the remaining four games of the current campaign.
Gracia replaced Jesse Marsch, after an interim period under Michael Skubala. But after four defeats in the last five and heavy defeats to Palace, Liverpool and most-recently Bournemouth – the Spaniard’s position is under threat.
Leeds remain in 16th ahead of Monday night’s clash between Leicester and Everton. But with a tough run in, the Whites are fearing the worst. Manchester City, West Ham, Newcastle and Spurs are our remaining four fixtures.
The report claims that Gracia could be given his marching orders and the club could look to bring in a fourth boss to see out the last four games. Indeed, 61-year-old Pardew has been mentioned as a possible arrival at Elland Road.
A manager that seems to be clinging onto his career as a gaffer – last working in Greece with Aris Thessaloniki. He has also recently held positions at Dutch side Ado Den Haag, and in Bulgaria with CSKA Sofia.
Leeds considering Gracia sack and Pardew is a possible option
It does seem as things stand, that keeping Gracia in the job will see Leeds go down. His strange decision not to start Gnonto for five games in a row, and the fact Leeds are conceding goals more so than ever – could see Gracia axed.
But who would want to come in with four games left? Lee Bowyer has been also mentioned as a possible candidate for the role. Perhaps, giving it to someone who knows the players better than most is the best current option.
That would be Michael Skubala, who remains on the coaching staff and oversaw an interim period in which Leeds did draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford. But the scouting pool for Leeds is going to be incredibly small.
Pardew would be a shock. While he boasts Palace, West Ham, Newcastle, Southampton and West Brom on his CV, he last managed in the Premier League in 2018. Surely, Pardew’s appointment would make Leeds a laughing stock.