Leeds United potential shock applicants

With the news that Robbie Fowler and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink have thrown their hats into the ring to become Leeds United manager, Coral have compiled a number of outside-of-the-box potentials that could be linked with this vacancy, with Leeds 66/1 to win the Championship.

Hasselbaink, who spent time at the club as a player, declared: “Leeds United is a wonderful big club where I had two great years. If they want to talk to me, of course I would talk [to them],” he told Coral’s media partners, TalkSPORT.

“I’ve got experience, I know I could take the club forward and I know I can take the club back to where they need to go. But what do Leeds United themselves want? That’s the most important question. How do they see things? At the moment there are so many things going on they need to sort out first, or maybe they have already.

“But if they want to talk to me, of course I would be interested. Who doesn’t want to manage Leeds United? It’s one of the ten biggest jobs in the country.”

Who else could be linked?

Lucas Radebe
What a fan-pleaser. Known as the chief, South Africa centre back Radebe was a mainstay in Leeds’ rearguard for over a decade. An all-round nice guy, he would get the respect of the team straight away, with a number of players who would benefit from his wisdom.

Jason Wilcox
Currently at Manchester City, coaching their Under-18s, Wilcox at least has experience, should he decide to apply for the job at Elland Road. The former winger spent five years at Leeds, making 81 appearances and scoring four goals, though Whites fans will remember his loyalty and work rate, despite being among technically better players.

Alan Smith
Until his infamous switch to fierce rivals Manchester United, ‘Smudger’ as he was affectionately known was held in high regard by Leeds supporters. A majority will have forgiven his decision, and the fact he waived his contract payout, showed most that the club meant a lot to him.

At the minute, Smith is currently player-coach at Notts County; an interesting baptism and great chance to cut his teeth alongside another Elland Road old boy Shaun Derry. If, however, he fancies a challenge, a move back to his roots could be on the cards.

Nicky Barmby
A fine player in his day, the ex-England left winger spent two years at Leeds scoring four goals in 25 appearances. In 2011, he took up the manager’s position at Hull City, where he won 13, drew eight, and lost 12 matches, recording a win percentage of 39.39.