Leeds United supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been reacting to the news that head coach Thomas Christiansen has been sacked after eight months in charge of the club, with their 4-1 defeat to Cardiff City proving to be the final straw.
The 44-year-old was a surprise choice to replace Garry Monk during the summer but made a fine start to life at Elland Road, helping Leeds to the top of the Championship back in September, and in and around the play-off places ever since. However, their recent run of four defeats in six games has seen the Whites slip to tenth in the division, with their 4-1 defeat to Neil Warnock’s Cardiff on Saturday proving to be the final nail in the coffin for Christiansen, who was subsequently sacked by the board on Sunday.
As such, there has been much discussion among our resident Leeds fans about who should take over at Elland Road, with several high-profile names being banded around the Tavern as they seek the man who could take them back to the Premier League in the near future.
And one man who has been endorsed by many of those Whites fans lining up at the bar is former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson, who could well be the perfect replacement for Christiansen as the Leeds head coach.
Ultimately, the 54-year-old is vastly experienced at Championship level following stints in charge of Leicester, Hull City, and Derby County, and led the former to promotion back in 2014 to underline his ability and know-how at getting out of the notoriously difficult second tier.
And to then inspire the Foxes to Premier League safety the year after, despite being bottom and seven points adrift at the start of April, demonstrates much about his man-management and ability to galvanise players to perform to the best of their ability.
More importantly though, his character could be exactly what Leeds need to get out of their current rut, with Pearson a no-nonsense type of manager who would go into the club and make an immediate difference – he’d get the best out of those players willing to commit to the cause.
And with Leeds just seven points adrift of the play-offs, this season can certainly still be salvaged as, in the Championship, that gap could be eroded away in a week.
And with tough tests to come against Sheffield United, Bristol City, and Derby County by the end of February, all of whom are sides in and around the promotion picture, they need someone who can come in and make a real impact. Pearson could be that man.
And with Leeds clearly in need of a huge boost to salvage this season, the 54-year-old could well be the perfect choice to take over at Elland Road.
Leeds fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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