'Top class' - Whelan claims 'Big-club' manager eyed as Bielsa successor would relish Leeds job

Noel Whelan believes Rangers boss Steven Gerrard would relish the opportunity to manage a “massive club” like Leeds United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the-ex-Leeds attacker claimed that while Gerrard was currently at a big side in the form of the Gers, Gerrard would have the chance to test his coaching ability and man-management skills if he arrived at Elland Road.

Football Insider recently revealed that Leeds were eyeing Gerrard as a potential successor to Bielsa as the Whites expect the Argentinian to leave should United fail to get promoted this season.

Whelan admitted that Rangers having European football may be enough to stop Gerrard leaving Ibrox in favour of the Whites but stated only time will tell if that would be the case.

When asked whether switching from Rangers to Leeds would be a step up, Whelan told Football Insider: “It’ll be a test of his coaching ability and a test of his man-management skills so, you know, I’m sure it’ll be something Stevie would relish, the opportunity to manage a massive club like Leeds United but he’s already at a big club in Rangers and they’ve got European football.

“So would that prise him away? Only time will tell but he’s at a very good club, progressing every single year, got assistant manager Gary McAllister with him, who knows football very well, the Championship very well and Leeds United very well, so there’s a lovely blend there between the two.

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“Two top-class players who have shown top-class managerial skills as well.”

Gerrard signed a four-year deal when he was appointed by Rangers in May of last year and in his first season in charge, he guided the Gers to a second-place finish.

After eight games played this season, Gerrard’s side currently sit top of the league, two points clear of their arch-rivals Celtic.

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