Leeds would take a leaf out of Derby’s book if they appoint Steven Gerrard

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According to Football Insider, Leeds are keeping tabs on Rangers manager Steven Gerrard as their potential successor for Marcelo Bielsa.

What’s the word?

The Argentine rather surprisingly penned a new deal back in May despite failing to take Leeds up but this might be the final crack of the whip for the Whites in terms of keeping him at the club.

There is a sense that if Leeds don’t earn promotion again he’ll be out the door at the first opportunity. Premier League football seems crucial but there is a positive in the fact Leeds seemingly have a contingency plan in place.

Football Insider revealed they would have made a move for Gerrard in the summer if Bielsa left but they also suggest they’re still keeping tabs on him.

The former Liverpool man is currently in his first job as a manager and has taken Rangers to the top of the Scottish Premiership this season.

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Straight from the Derby playbook

There has been a lot of animosity between Leeds and Derby since the infamous spygate incident last term but the west Yorkshire club would be following a similar model to their Championship rivals by moving for Gerrard – one that very almost brought them great success.

The Rams looked positive after bringing in a young up and coming manager with pedigree at the highest level and managed to reach the playoffs with Frank Lampard at the helm. Gerrard is very much someone of a similar ilk.

Buoyed by his youthful exuberance, they looked exceptional and without him, they have been a shadow of the team they were in 2018/19. Phillip Cocu has found life tough and going into the international break they sit in 13th.

The ex-Chelsea man and Gerrard started their managerial careers at a similar time and given their playing days, it’s unsurprising they’re now in top jobs.

Would Gerrard be a good Bielsa successor?

Yes

Yes

No

No

After sacking Paul Heckingbottom, Leeds decided to go down the route of experience by appointing a man in his 60s. However, if that backfires again this season, they could be left looking at a more youthful figure just as Derby did.

It would be a different approach but it’s working for Swansea with their appointment of Steve Cooper. At 39 he is the same age as Gerrard and therefore, someone with a modern take on things could just be what they need to finally get them over the line.

At the moment, it very much seems like the way forward in the Championship.

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