Marcelo Bielsa is set to leave Leeds United after Saturday’s 4-0 loss to Tottenham.
The popular Argentine coach was already under pressure following a dire sequence of results.
However, today’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.
It is believed that 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.
He 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 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.
But 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.
Saturday’s result means they are two points ahead of third-bottom Burnley.
Burnley have a far superior goal difference and two matches in hand.