Alfred Schreuder, the former manager of Ajax, is a candidate to become the next manager of Leeds United.
In yesterday’s 2-0 loss to Manchester United at Elland Road, which moved Leeds one place just above the bottom three, Schreuder was present.
Leeds has been unsuccessful in its quest for a replacement for Jesse March so far since their top candidates have not been readily accessible. However, Schreuder, who replaced Erik ten Hag at Ajax after being fired last month, is now accessible.
Chief Executive Angus Kinnear said in his presentation notes before yesterday’s game that “the hunt for a new head coach is well underway.”
The challenge is to match our list of possibilities, which has been developed and updated over many seasons, with current availability and individuals’ willingness to accept a new post in the middle of the season.
“While we are confident in the caretaker team, we understand the value of a timely appointment, and if [chairman] Andrea Radrizzani and I are ever in any doubt, we have [director of football] Victor Orta’s Twitter account to keep the pressure on!”
The 50-year-old Schreuder joined Ajax on a two-year deal but was fired two weeks ago after going seven league games without a victory.
“Despite our season’s strong start, we lost a lot of pointless games.” Even the football itself was unstable.
Schreuder joined Ajax after he won the Belgian League with Club Brugge and worked as Ronald Koeman’s assistant at Barcelona.
Last week, Rayo Vallecano prevented Leeds from making a bid for Andoni Iraola. Iraola was a top candidate to replace the position at Elland Road since the team had been keeping tabs on him for some time.
Leeds has also spoken with more applicants on their shortlist. Arne Slot, the early bookies’ favorite Feyenoord coach, was not originally on the club’s list because they assumed he wouldn’t be available.
However, after the Iraola setback, it was thought they might look into him to see if he was a possibility.
Later, Slot officially turned down the team’s offer to join. He called the team’s interest in him a “compliment,” but he also said that he wanted to stay at Feyenoord.
“I can confirm with this one that I will remain at Feyenoord. “Fans should not be worried,” he added.
“The club was upfront.” Although it was flattering that a team like Leeds was interested, we are doing admirably at Feyenoord. Our standing in the league, the cup, and Europe is excellent. There is no dissatisfaction. Staying here is most definitely not a punishment.
After working with Bielsa at Elland Road, Carlos Corberan, the head coach of West Brom, was one of the first names that came up for the job.
He later agreed to a new contract at The Hawthorns, and although he had supporters at Leeds, he was not considered one of the top candidates to succeed Marsch.
Temporary managers Paco Gallardo, Chris Armas, and Michael Skubala were in charge when Leeds and Manchester United tied, 2-2, on Wednesday. On Sunday, Leeds lost.
Last Tuesday evening, Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani tweeted: “Hopefully white smoke by tonight or tomorrow morning,” giving the impression that a decision will be made soon.
Radrizzani, though, said on Wednesday night: “Not yet. We need more time.”