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WATCH: Steve Freeth and Sam Matterface on Leeds United

After a tough year which has resulted in sacking of manager Jesse Marsch, Leeds United find themselves in a relegation dog fight as the season enters it's second half - Steve Freeth and Sam Matterface discuss Leeds' fortunes and where they go from here.

Leeds struggled to find any consistency under the American following the departure of Marcelo Bielsa. 

Marsch did have some initial success, guiding the Yorkshire side to safety on the final day, but after just four wins from 20 games this season his position as manager became untenable - with Leeds left just three points off bottom and only out of the drop-zone on goal difference.

Leeds have the difficult task of not just finding a manager, but finding one who can change their fortunes and keep them up - Arne Slot of Feyernoord and Rayo Vallecano boss Andoni Iraola are the names being most strongly linked. 

Slot is currently the 4/5 favourite to take the job, whilst his Spanish counterpart isn't far behind in the betting at 6/5.

Both men have strong credentials; Slot is particularly interesting given his playing style which looks tailor-made for this Leeds squad. The Dutchman is known for an intense style of football which Leeds are no strangers to, a style that is so impressive that he won last season's Eredivisie Manager of the Year over a certain Erik Ten Hag.

Iraola, meanwhile, is no stranger to turning a club's fortunes around; the former Athletic Bilbao player took over a recently relegated Vallecano side and has since led them back to the top tier, as well as to a Copa Del Ray semi-final while chasing a European spot.

Both men clearly have the credentials that Leeds require and the Yorkshire side are fancied to turn things around under new management - they are currently 4/11 to avoid the drop and 2/1 to make a return to the second tier.

However the question remains, is just being a good manager going to be enough?

Without the benefit of a transfer window, taking over a squad that has featured heavy investment into players clearly for Marsch could prove difficult for whoever is to take over. Furthermore, questions remain over that investment was actually worth it and if the current squad of players are even good enough to stay up. 

There is no doubt that, when on-song, this Leeds side can be exciting to watch, but those days are few and far between and with just 18 games remaining, some consistency needs to be found sooner rather than later.

Steve Freeth and Sam Matterface discuss where it has gone wrong for Marsch and Leeds, who they think could take the reigns as well as where Leeds could end up come the end of the season.

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