Ken Bates rejects application from Sven Goran Eriksson for vacant Leeds manager job

The chairman of the Yorkshire club has turned down the former England manager application to take over the helm at the Championship side

Ken Bates has revealed Leeds United have been inundated with applications for their vacant managers job, also revealing they rejected an application from Sven Goran Eriksson.

Former boss Simon Grayson was sacked last week after nearly four years in charge.

Bates undertook the challenge of bringing in the next man to take the club forward and claims he has received numerous requests ranging from the “cheeky to the outlandish."

Bates spoke to Yorkshire Radio about the club’s approach to signing a new manager:  "We have been inundated with applications from the cheeky to the outlandish,

"We've had one from an 11-year-old boy who obviously has high ambitions in the game and we have a Playstation manager of 2010 who fancies his chances having won a competition.

"We've also had Sven Goran Eriksson apply, but he won't be coming."

"We're in no hurry, there'll be no hurried appointment because the next appointment is a big appointment, not necessarily in name, for the future of Leeds United.

"Leeds United is a big club with a big fan base. It's a one-club city and any manager with ambitions wants to manage a big club. It also brings a wealth of unwanted applications for the wrong reasons and that's why we have to be careful.

"We don't want an instant miracle maker, although the fans think it's a good idea, but you rarely find one. It has to be someone who wants to come here for the right reasons.

"We're looking very carefully at the options and what baggage do they come with?

Neil Redfearn took over from Grayson as caretaker manager of the club, and Bates feels he is more than competent of taking care of the club whilst they are searching for a replacement.

“We're in no hurry so the speculation will have to continue,” Bates added.

“Meanwhile, Neil Redfearn is in the seat and has an opportunity to prove he's the man for the job, and he can do that by winning games. He's made a good start and he's got all the players behind him.

"I'm happy to say that Neil will be in charge for at least the next three games. That's Brighton, Coventry, and Doncaster. Those three games are all very winnable.

"After all the maelstrom we're only two points off the play-offs so we've decided that after his impressive start, not just with his win, but his presence around Thorp Arch that he will be given his chance to demonstrate his abilities while we consider the future.

"It's a big step up for him, but against that he has a wealth of experience, he has played over 1,000 games and he used to play for Mervyn Day when he was at Charlton so it helps that with the [current] set-up he is being eased in."