Former Elland Road striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes Leeds United should look to former Aston Villa head coach Steven Gerrard in their quest for a new manager..
Leeds are looking for a new manager after Jesse Marsch was fired last week. Following a 1-0 setback to Nottingham Forest, the club decided to make a change, leaving them just one point above the bottom three.
Gerrard is one available manager after the former Liverpool midfielder left Villa in October. He was widely linked with the national squad of Poland, but that position has since been filled.
The former Villa manager may now be eyeing a return to Premier League football, with Leeds negotiating a deal..
reported goal Carlos Corberan has signed a new contract with West Bromwich Albion, putting an end to doubts about his future.
Leeds are also said to have had an attempt for Rayo Vallecano manager Andoni Iraola rejected by the Spanish club. Arne Slot, manager of Feyenoord, is the latest name to be connected with the Elland Road job, with the Dutchman becoming the bookmaker’s favourite.
However, Hasselbaink believes that Leeds should look for a manager with Premier League experience, suggesting Gerrard as one possibility.
“The best bet is someone who is familiar with the Premier League,” he told Casinos En Ligne. “They’ve got to come in and get Elland Road rocking again..
Just look at what Sean Dyche did in his first game as manager of Everton, who have recovered some luster. Hiring someone who is familiar with the Premier League is the ideal solution.
Steven Gerrard is an excellent choice. He is familiar with the Premier League, but he also knows what went wrong at Aston Villa. He has a huge personality and can handle the pressures of managing a large club like Leeds, having previously managed Rangers. I can picture him being the manager of Leeds.”
Gerrard was head coach at Villa Park for slightly under a year, overseeing 40 matches. He joined the club after a successful spell with Rangers, when he guided the side to the Scottish Premiership title..