Leeds United boss

Kevin Phillips has claimed Rangers boss Steven Gerrard would be “tempted” by the prospect of managing Leeds United in the Premier League.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former England international said he would “not be surprised” if Marcelo Bielsa decided to leave the club at the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

Bielsa has 10 months remaining on his contract at Elland Road having signed a bumper new deal at the beginning of September.

Football Insider revealed on Wednesday that club chiefs had set their sights on Gerrard for a third time as they prepare for the possibility of Bielsa leaving next summer.

Gerrard’s Rangers currently sit top of the Scottish Premiership after an outstanding start to the season in which they are unbeaten in all competitions.

When asked by Football Insider if he thought Gerrard would be tempted by the prospect of managing the Yorkshire giants, Phillips said:

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“It depends where Leeds are come the end of the season. If they get relegated I do not think that he would leave Rangers for a Championship team.

“I was not surprised to hear that they were interested because Steven is doing a fabulous job up at Rangers.

“A chairman has taken taken a gamble on an ex-player who has never managed and it has paid off. It can be done.

“I am not surprised to hear that he is being linked with Leeds and it would not surprise me one bit if Bielsa was to move on at the end of the season. He might move onto another project.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa

“If at that stage Leeds are still in the Premier League and supporters are back in the stadium, christ – that would be one hell of a club to manage.

“I think Leeds would tempt him if they are still in the Premier League.” 

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