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Former Ajax boss Schreuder in contention for Leeds job

Former Ajax boss Alfred Schreuder is in contention to take over as the new head coach of Leeds United.

Schreuder was at Elland Road yesterday as Leeds lost 2-0 at home to Manchester United which left the club one point above the relegation zone.

Leeds have so far been frustrated in their search to find a successor to Jesse Marsch as their primary targets have been unavailable, but Schreuder, who succeeded Erik ten Hag at Ajax, is available after being sacked last month.

Speaking in his programme notes ahead of yesterday's game, chief executive Angus Kinnear said: "The search for a new head coach is well advanced.

"The task is being able to align our list of prospects - which has been built and evolved under many seasons - with current availability and the openness of candidates to accept a new role in mid-season.

"While we have confidence in the caretaker team, we know the importance of a prompt appointment and, if [director of football] Victor (Orta) and I are in any doubt, we have [chairman] Andrea (Radrizzani's) Twitter account to keep the pressure on!"

Schreuder, 50, was appointed at Ajax on a two-year contract although was dismissed two weeks ago after a run of seven league games without a win

"This is a painful decision, but it's necessary," said Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar.

"Regardless of the good start to the season, we lost a lot of unnecessary points. The football itself was precarious too."

Schreuder joined Ajax after winning the Belgian League with Club Brugge having been assistant to Ronald Koeman at Barcelona

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