Michael Skubala has confirmed that his spell in-charge of Leeds United will not be made permanent.
Leeds opted to sack Jesse Marsch yesterday following Sunday’s 10th defeat of the Premier League season, a 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, where the away end turned on the American.
With Leeds travelling to Manchester United tomorrow night, U21 coach, Skubala, is heading a caretaker team in-charge of the first-team, which also includes Paco Gallardo and Chris Armas.
In the build-up to Leeds’ trip to Manchester, Skubala has faced the press, where he was quizzed on whether or not there was a chance he could land the head coach job permanently, if results were good enough.
“This is a temporary situation. I’m happy to support the club and look after the club in this moment of time, whilst they (the board) work hard to find a new head coach. I’ll go back to my old role once this is done. I’ll do the best job I can do.”Skubala, via Leeds’ YouTube stream.
The process of appointing Marsch’s successor is already underway, yet Leeds are also juggling a pretty busy schedule when it comes to fixtures.
They travel to Old Trafford tomorrow and, then, host the return fixture on Sunday.
Skubala’s focus is on Wednesday clash with Man United and not beyond.
“I’m just getting through this first game with Manchester United. Whatever happens between tomorrow and Sunday is up to the board.”Skubala, via Leeds’ YouTube stream.
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Obviously you want to see Skubala picking up points in his games in-charge of Leeds, however many of them there are eventually.
However, he’s not the right type of option for Leeds in the long-term and it’s good to see here that everyone is on the same page with regards to that.
Leeds need to make a statement with their appointment and not go for the cheap fix, which would inevitably end in relegation.
Skubala can steady the ship in the coming days and hopefully throw up some performances to be proud of. Beyond that, the task of turning this season around has to lie with someone else.