Leeds United: Curbishley may fit the bill if Warnock exits Whites - Ormsby

Alan Curbishley.
Alan Curbishley.
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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Hi Brendan, If we are still in the Championship next season and Neil Warnock has left, who would you want to see brought in as our new manager?

IT is a case of seeing who is available, presuming we do not go up and Neil leaves. But Neil won’t be giving up on the play-offs until it is mathematically impossible and supporters shouldn’t either.

But if he did go, there’s no one stand-out candidate to replace him, unlike prior to when Neil came in, when most people felt he was the man for the job.

I know Nigel Adkins has been flagged up and is the name knocking around. But he is not someone whose name jumps out at me straightaway, even though he did a good job at Southampton.

To be honest, I wouldn’t mind Alan Curbishley up here. I know he has been out of the spotlight for a year or two now, but I like him as a manager.

I played against him as a player and have known him for quite a long time. he has handled one or two big clubs and he tries to get teams playing the way he used to.

Curbs was a ball-player, and not aggressive as such. As an individual, he is also calm. But with him being out of the game for a while, you wonder if he wants to get back into it – you wonder if he has an appetite for it.

I know Gianfranco Zola and Gus Poyet are two who have also been mentioned, but they are doing well at Watford and Brighton and while we are a bigger club than those two, they may be in the Premier League next season.

Obviously, Gus has been at Leeds before under Dennis Wise and a lot of people said the reason the team proved so successful was because of him.

With their style of play, Zola and Poyet would be interesting appointments and are big names. However, if Zola came, would he do what he has done at Watford and bring a lot of Italian players in?

But he has transformed Watford, although I know Ian Holloway wasn’t happy with their number of Italian loan players the other week.

But, basically, when it all boils down to it, I have to say I am not really bothered who is manager. As long as whoever is doing the job, is doing it right – whether it is a high-profile name or someone just starting out in management.

Sometimes, clubs go for the big name and end up ignoring the promising ones who are just starting, who end up being the one they should have got.

It is all about timing as well. It is not just about the right place and the right time, but having the right players. Much is made of managers, but basically it is just one big merry-go-round and, for me, success is mainly to do with the players a manager has or who he brings in. What do you think? Click here to register and have your say on the Leeds United stories and issues that matter to you

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