Leeds interim boss Michael Skubala says work is well under way to find a replacement for Jesse Marsch, with Rayo Vallecano’s Andoni Iraola said to be among the leading candidates.
Under-21s coach Skubala will take charge of tonight’s Premier League game at Manchester United following Marsch’s dismissal on Monday after less than a year in the role.
It is understood Leeds had a shortlist in place and interviews have already started for the club’s 13th head coach in less than ten years.
The reputation of Iraola has grown in LaLiga during his two-and-a-half years in charge of Rayo, who he has guided up to fifth.
Carlos Corberan remains the bookmakers’ favourite, with the Spaniard having guided West Brom from 23rd to sixth in the Championship since arriving in October.
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou and ex-Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino are also high on the list.
Leeds, without a league win since November 5, take on arch-rivals United twice in the space of five days, with Erik ten Hag’s men visiting Elland Road on Sunday.
Skubala said: ‘This is temporary, I’ll go back to my old role when this is done. I’m just getting through this first game. Whatever happens between tomorrow and Sunday remains to be seen.
‘I’ve seen change quite a lot so it’s important to be calm. The owners are working hard to find the solution.’
Skubala will be joined in the dugout tonight by development coach Paco Gallardo and Chris Armas, who was appointed Marsch’s assistant only last month.
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