Leeds United director of football Victor Orta is said to have set his sights on Preston boss Ryan Lowe as a possible candidate to one day succeed Jesse Marsh at Island Road, according to a Sky Sports man.
The American coach took charge at Elland Road on February 28, just a day after the white team fell under Marcelo Bielsa’s reign. With the results emerging under club legend Bielsa, Marsh’s task was simple: to keep Leeds in the Premier League. This was accomplished in the most dramatic of circumstances as Leeds survived on the last day of the campaign.
This unforgettable 2-1 win over Brentford confirmed that Leeds are keeping fit, and Burnley are the ones who have fallen. Since then, Marsh has been given time to form his own side on Elland Road. To that end, Marsh has made nine deals this summer, five of which have already made their mark in the side.
Indeed, Marsh has signed players familiar to him and has raided previous clubs three times this summer. To this end, Brenden Aaronson, Tyler Adams and Rasmus Kristensen have all played under Marsh before.
And the new season started in the brightest way possible, with Leeds winning two of their first three matches. This included an unforgettable 3-0 home win over Chelsea, Which was one of the best results the club has achieved in years.
And while the results haven’t been quite as good since then – the 5-2 loss to Brentford in their last game was particularly frustrating – it appears that Marsh is under no pressure at Leeds.
With a contract until 2025, Leeds have no immediate plans to change their manager anytime soon.
However, like any well-run club, Leeds are always planning ahead in case they suddenly lose shape.
Sky Sports man claims Leeds looks like Ryan Lowe
To that end, Sky Sports commentator Gary Weaver said the PNE director could be a future target for Leeds.
The former striker is making a name for himself in the English Football League after leading both Bury and Plymouth to promotion to League 2. After the latter was established in League 1, Lowe moved to Preston last December.
The move was not staged for Lowe either. He led the North End to 13th last season, while they are now 9th this time.
In fact, they have only lost once in the nine games they have played so far this season, winning twice and drawing in six. And while his team may be lacking in the latest serious developments, their football brand is starting to gain attention.
And Leeds United appears to be one of those teams who have been alerted to Lowe’s potential.
Commenting during Preston’s 1-1 draw with Burnley on Tuesday night, Weaver left Leeds impressed.
“He has an offensive kind of football as we mentioned and that has been observed in other places,” Weaver said.
“He is a huge fan of Leeds United sporting director Victor Orta. He has taken some interest in what Ryan Lowe is doing and could be on the list of potential future Leeds United managers at Elland Road.”
Leeds is simply planning ahead
The fact that Leeds is looking at management alternatives should not surprise anyone. Every Premier League club will have a management succession plan in the event that the current man in charge leaves or loses his position.
And while Marsch is rated safe on Elland Road for now, poor form could raise questions and cast his future in doubt.
To that end, the club will need to make a quick decision on a replacement if necessary.
Marsh himself had also lined up for the hot seat when it became clear that Bielsa’s tactics were no longer working.
It’s the same story at other clubs as well. Manchester United, for example, knew well before his appointment was confirmed that Erik ten Hag would be their main target once the time came. Liverpool have also long identified Steven Gerrard as a possible successor to Jurgen Klopp.
Whether Ryan Lowe was that man Leeds would one day be seen remains to be seen.
For now, they would be happy to follow up on a brief on his and Preston’s fortunes. And his stock will undoubtedly grow if PNE continues to influence Level Two.