Marcelo Bielsa’s future as Leeds United boss is in serious danger after Saturday’s 4-0 loss to Tottenham.
The popular Argentine coach was already under pressure following a dire sequence of results.
However, Saturday’s home defeat by Tottenham has made Bielsa’s position even more precarious.
It is understood senior Leeds figures had already been assessing successors to Bielsa in the belief the 66-year-old would almost certainly leave Elland Road at the end of the season.
Now they must decide whether to act now in order to preserve Leeds’ top-flight status.
Former RB Leipzig coach Jesse Marsch has been of interest to Leeds for a while now. However, there are other potential candidates, including former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde, who is currently out of work and is known by Leeds director of football Victor Orta.
In addition, Huddersfield boss Carlos Corberan worked under Bielsa at Leeds. However, after guiding Huddersfield into the third spot in the Championship, there are clear doubts as to whether he would be interested in switching back to Leeds in mid-season.
Bielsa’s status as a hero at Leeds is secure after he guided the club back to the Premier League in 2020 after a 16-year absence.
However, after an eye-catching campaign last season, Leeds have been hampered by injuries this season.
Key men Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford have been absent for most of the season and the club’s form has collapsed since a win at West Ham last month.
The Tottenham defeat means they have collected a single point from their last six games. They have conceded 20 goals in their last five.