Leeds United provide managerial statement as Alfred Schreuder ruled out of vacancy

Leeds United have confirmed caretaker Michael Skubala will remain as caretaker manager for the foreseeable as Alfred Schreuder was ruled out replacing Jesse Marsch.

Former Ajax head coach Schreuder was linked to the Premier League job but now joins a long list of potential suitors who have not been appointed.

Since Marsch’s sacking, the Leeds job has been linked to a number of high-profile candidates including Feyenoord’s Arne Slot, West Brom’s Carlos Corberan, Andoni Iraola and Marcelo Gallardo before Schreuder became the bookies favourite.

However, despite talks between the two parties, the Elland Road club confirmed Skubala will remain in the hot seat as they seek a permanent solution.

The statement reads: “Leeds United can confirm Michael Skubala will continue to lead the men’s first team for the club’s upcoming fixtures.

“Paco Gallardo and Chris Armas will carry on supporting Michael, alongside the backroom team already in place.

“Skubala, Gallardo and Armas have overseen two positive performances over the last week against Manchester United and will lead training ahead of this weekend’s Premier League game against Everton at Goodison Park.

Skubala said: “I have really enjoyed the experience and the team and staff have responded well.

“I know I speak for Paco and Chris when I say that it is an honour to be on the touchline at this club.

“We will continue work tirelessly to help to push on up the table in the short term, whilst the board focus on the long term future of the team.”

Former RB Leipzig head coach Marsch was sacked from his job but has since been appointed as the new boss at Southampton as Leeds continue to find a replacement.

It is understood that Schreuder, who was sacked as Erik ten Hag’s successor earlier this season, was at Elland Road to watch the defeat to Manchester United before holding talks with the club’s hierarchy.

However, the 50-year-old coach has since returned to the Netherlands and the club is now exploring other options.

GBeNeFN | Tom Phillips

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