Who do you think should be next for the Leeds United hotseat? Phil Hay looks at some of the runners and riders..
Cellino’s first choice this summer before the appointment of David Hockaday and a coach who has done great things with Reading’s academy. But Reading resisted United’s interest and are unlikely to be any more receptive to phone calls from Elland Road three months on. Dolan would come at a cost of several hundred thousand pounds. Is Cellino willing to pay?
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Also linked with the job at Leeds after Brian McDermott left the club. He and Cellino met a couple of times, though Cellino denied that he had ever formally interviewed McAllister about the post.
The Italian press named Maran as a possible replacement for Hockaday within hours of United’s game at Watford. Maran is 51 and a coach who has been around the houses in Italy, predominantly working in Serie B. His most recent job was at Catania who he led to their best-ever points tally in Serie A during 2012-13.
A controversial option but Festa took charge of United’s squad for a matter of hours after the failed attempt to sack Brian McDermott on transfer deadline day last January, but he disappeared quietly as opposition to Cellino rose in the weeks that followed Mad Friday.
An ex-Cagliari player and more recently, their manager and assistant. His experience of life under Cellino in Sardinia might make him think twice about coming to Leeds. Last season he was sacked from his position as number two having been poised to replace manager Diego Lopez – and then bizarrely re-hired as head coach when Cellino dismissed Lopez two months later.
Out of work since his departure from West Bromwich Albion last season and failed to bag the Crystal Palace job ahead of Neil Warnock. There is some suggestion that Cellino likes the idea of bringing Clarke on board – although the appointment would not be cheap. But he ticks so many of the right boxes for a club and in Cellino’s mind, he’d be getting a coach.