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Nobody associated with Leeds United wants to imagine a future where Marcelo Bielsa isn’t the manager at Elland Road.
Unfortunately, that day will come, and it may be sooner rather than later.
Indeed, the Argentine doesn’t tend to stick around for long at any club as he usually leaves after a couple of seasons at most.
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Sometimes he doesn’t even stay that long, but Leeds need to be prepared for the possibility of being without Bielsa, and Phil Hay revealed that another manager in the Championship has caught their eye.
The Athletic’s Leeds United correspondent was asked in his Q&A session whether or not the Whites had a shortlist of managers for if Bielsa left.
“It didn’t ever get that far. They were on with Bielsa straight away and within about 48 hours of the play-off semi-final, they were sure he’d be staying.
“In terms of coaches they like, Lee Bowyer is someone who’s caught their eye (and caught their eye a while ago).”
Further along in the Q&A, he then said:
“I know they like Bowyer but everything will depend on timing. Will Bielsa go at a time which makes transition possible?”
Appointing Bowyer as Bielsa’s successor when the Argentine eventually steps down as Leeds boss would make so much sense.
The midfielder is a bit of a cult hero at Elland Road as it is, and due to his achievements with the club as a player he would immediately command the respect of the dressing room, despite the fact that he’d be succeeding one of the most highly-regarded coaches in the world.
In his time in west Yorkshire, he scored in the Champions League against Barcelona, eventually playing 246 times. Over that period, he netted 50 times.
In terms of employing someone who knows the club, there would be no better man for the job. After all, he’s a pretty handy manager too, gaining promotion from League One with Charlton and taking them to ninth in the Championship.
Whether or not Bowyer is eventually appointed, or even considered, as Leeds United boss remains to be seen, but his track record as a manager and his affiliation with the club would stand him in good stead if he were to get a job at Elland Road.