Leeds United: Hunt for head of recruitment takes a new twist

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Leeds United’s hunt for a head of recruitment is starting again after the bizarre breakdown of an attempt to appoint Norwich City scout Steve Head.

Head was lined up to take the job at Elland Road and visited United’s Thorp Arch training ground last Friday but owner Massimo Cellino has withdrawn his offer in an apparent disagreement over Head’s plans to depart on an immediate holiday.

The YEP understands that Cellino took issue with the absence of United’s new recruitment boss at a time when the club are actively looking for players in the transfer market.

Leeds named Uwe Rosler as head coach last week and have been identifying potential signings in the days since the German took charge of their first-team squad.

Head - a former head of recruitment at Reading - became Norwich’s chief scout last year but is understood to have been on gardening leave since Neil Adams resigned as manager at Carrow Road in January.

Head was poised to lead the transfer strategy at United and was one of a number of additions to the backroom team planned in the aftermath of Rosler’s arrival.

Rob Kelly, the former Leicester City manager, is expected to become assistant boss and Rosler will also be allowed to appoint a first-team coach.

United are now looking for a different head of recruitment, though Celtic’s David Moss - another option who Cellino has spoken to directly - is unlikely to be in the frame after he and the Italian failed to reach an agreement about the role.

Leeds have also been linked with Francesco Marroccu, a man has been working as sporting director at Cagliari and whom Cellino admires, but Marrocu speaks little English and does not fit the criteria of a recruitment specialist with extensive experience of the British game.

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