Leeds United are considering whether to sack Javi Gracia with the club flirting with relegation, according to The Telegraph.
The Whites suffered a 4-1 defeat against AFC Bournemouth on Saturday and they are sitting perilously close to relegation.
The Telegraph claim that the Whites have been locked in talks with the Spaniard who could become the 15th manager to be sacked by Premier League clubs this season.
Leeds have been shockingly poor under Gracia in recent games. They have picked up just one point from a possible 15 and conceded 18 goals.
The Whites have only four games left to save themselves from getting relegated and they face the likes of Manchester City, Newcastle United, West Ham, and Tottenham in their remaining games.
Gracia only took charge of the club in February, replacing Jesse Marsch. After an encouraging start under him, the Whites are in deep trouble now.
Gracia said after the last defeat: “It is hard to accept. It has happened in the last three of four games: we concede a goal and then three or four minutes later we concede the second one. It is something we have to do better because if you are not more consistent then it is difficult to get the results.
“For us, when there are only four games left, we have to be very concentrated and try to put everything into the next game to get the result we need. What our fans really want is to see the team win. All of us are frustrated, the fans as well.”
Should Leeds United sack Javi Gracia?
It makes little sense to sack Gracia unless the squad has lost faith in him.
It only sparks debate about whether it was the right call to appoint him in the first place. Changing two managers within the season only reflects that they have made a mess while choosing the right candidate.
The Whites board have discussed internally whether to make a short-term appointment but considering the teams they are going to face next, it looks an uphill task from here for any new manager.
Leeds have the option to re-install the highly regarded coach Michael Skubala as interim manager, and they should go after someone who has got previous experience in carrying teams out of danger.
The players are making basic errors in every game, and unless they tighten up their defence, it’s hard to see how they can pick one or two wins from their remaining games.