By Alex McLeish

24th Feb, 2022 | 7:00am

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Alex McLeish has urged the Leeds United board to consider a “fantastic” British manager in the hunt for Marcelo Bielsa’s successor.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Whites should avoid appointing a “copy” of the 66-year-old Argentine.

As reported by the Telegraph last Thursday (17 February), Jesse Marsch is Leeds’ first choice to take over as manager if Bielsa leaves the club this summer.

Ernesto Valverde and Carlos Corberan, the latter of which was a first-team coach at Leeds, are also reportedly under consideration.

The report claims Leeds want a smooth succession between managers, with the current squad built to Bielsa’s demands.

However, McLeish suggested the Elland Road board should look towards some of the “fantastic” British managers working today.

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“Why do you want do a copy again of the manager that’s already there?” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“Maybe you’ve got to make a bit of a change, think about something else. Every coach nowadays is worth their mettle at teaching the players to build up from the back, press from the front.

“There are a lot of guys out there. It doesn’t have to be an exact replica of Bielsa. I wouldn’t think you would necessarily have to do that.

“There are guys out there, British guys, who are doing fantastic jobs. Brendan Rodgers for instance. Okay, results have been up and down for him recently. Graham Potter at Brighton, I really like him.

“Why don’t they look for someone like these guys, Rodgers and Potter? That would be my opinion.”

Bielsa’s contract runs out at the end of the season, having signed a one-year extension last year.

He has won 81 of his 168 games in charge of Leeds to date.

In other news, pundit claims Bielsa is forcing Leeds United star out of Elland Road.