‘I would’ - former Newcastle United star confirms he wants to be Leeds United’s next manager

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Leeds United are on the lookout for a new manager - and this former Newcastle United midfielder fancies his chances.

Former Newcastle United midfielder Lee Bowyer has publicly declared his interest in becoming Leeds United’s next manager.

The Elland Road outfit are searching for a new boss to lead their Championship promotion bid after their three-year stay in the Premier League came to an end last week.

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Sam Allardyce was given four matches to save the Whites after he replaced Javi Gracia but failed to record a win, with his only point coming via a 2-2 home draw with Newcastle.

West Bromwich Albion boss Carlos Corberan, who worked under Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds, is the current favourite with Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard a close second.

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Bowyer, priced at 11/1, admits he would jump at the opportunity to return to Leeds, where he made 256 appearances as a player between 1996 and 2003 before joining Newcastle.

“Oh for sure, I have a connection with the club and I understand the club and I think that’s important for whoever goes in there next,” said the 46-year-old. “

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“But if I got the call, I would love to go there and get that club going again and get the fans onside and get the place bouncing again. I would definitely jump at the chance for sure.”

Bowyer, who guided Charlton Athletic to promotion from League One before moving to Birmingham City, reckons he’d get Leeds promoted if he were to get the job.

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He added: “I know the Championship now, I’ve done a few years of management there, I understand it, I watched it all last season, and you analyse and see what it takes to get promotion.

“I believe if I went in there I would get them promoted again.”

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