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Michael Skubala will remain in his caretaker role while Leeds continue their search for a permanent new manager, the club have announced.

Leeds have had a series of setbacks in their bid to make a swift appointment after sacking head coach Jesse Marsch at the start of last week.

Under-21s boss Skubala, development coach Paco Gallardo and Chris Armas, appointed as Leeds’ assistant head coach shortly before Marsch’s dismissal, have taken charge of the club’s last two Premier League fixtures.

Leeds said: “Leeds United can confirm Michael Skubala will continue to lead the men’s first team for the club’s upcoming fixtures.

“Paco Gallardo and Chris Armas will carry on supporting Michael, alongside the backroom team already in place.

“Skubala, Gallardo and Armas have overseen two positive performances over the last week against Manchester United and will lead training ahead of this weekend’s Premier League game against Everton at Goodison Park.”

Leeds had led 2-0 at Old Trafford in Skubala’s first game in charge last week before drawing 2-2, and lost 2-0 to two goals in the final 10 minutes in the second meeting between the two Roses rivals in the space of five days at Elland Road on Sunday.

Marcus Rashford, second left, heads Manchester United in front at Elland Road
Marcus Rashford heads Manchester United in front at Elland Road (Danny Lawson/PA)

Former England Under-18s boss Skubala said: “I have really enjoyed the experience and the team and staff have responded well.

“I know I speak for Paco and Chris when I say that it is an honour to be on the touchline at this club.

“We will continue to work tirelessly to help to push on up the table in the short term, whilst the board focus on the long-term future of the team.”

The PA news agency understands Leeds had identified five candidates in their search for Marsch’s replacement and that four of those are currently in employment. 

Former Leeds assistant boss Carlos Corberan has signed a new contract at West Brom, Arne Slot has opted to remain at Feyenoord and an approach for Rayo Vallecano head coach Andoni Iraola was blocked by his club.

Carlos Corberan, centre
Carlos Corberan, centre, opted against a rumoured return to Elland Road (Tim Goode/PA)

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou had also been linked with the vacancy. 

It is also understood that Leeds considered a short-term replacement for Marsch. Former Ajax boss Alfred Schreuder, who watched Sunday’s defeat at Elland Road, had been in talks with the club but will not be taking up a role. 

Leeds have been impressed with Skubala’s tactical tweaks and clarity during his two games in charge and after weighing up all their options have decided to stick with, him, Gallardo and Armas as they continue their search for a long-term replacement.