Leeds United: Who’d be a manager at Elland Road? Life under Cellino

Brian McDermott: Record: 55 games, 21 wins, nine draws, 25 defeats.
Brian McDermott: Record: 55 games, 21 wins, nine draws, 25 defeats.
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THE sacking of Uwe Rosler as Leeds United head coach on Monday meant that owner Massimo Cellino has dispensed of five bosses since taking over the club in early 2014.

Steve Evans is set to become the sixth person to work under Cellino, and he’ll be hoping that he lasts longer than his five predecessors.

David Hockaday, left: Record: Six games, two wins, zero draws, four defeats.   Picture: Tony Johnson

David Hockaday, left: Record: Six games, two wins, zero draws, four defeats. Picture: Tony Johnson

Amitai Winehouse profiles the men who came before Evans, and the short spells each of them had in charge.

BRIAN McDERMOTT

Record: 55 games, 21 wins, nine draws, 25 defeats.

Dubbed ‘mad Friday’ by Leeds fans, Cellino’s sudden takeover in January of the club was followed up by the sudden sacking of manager Brian McDermott. The fans protested, barricading Cellino inside Elland Road, and McDermott was reinstated by the time Leeds had beaten Huddersfield Town 5-1 on the Saturday afternoon.

Darko Milanic: Record: Six games, zero wins, three draws, three defeats. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Darko Milanic: Record: Six games, zero wins, three draws, three defeats. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Cellino was only allowed to officially take control of Leeds in April 2014, and by that point, it became clear that McDermott would not have much longer in charge. He was sacked shortly after the end of the season. McDermott remains the only manager since 2011 to spend an entire season in charge of Leeds.

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Neil Redfearn: Record: 33 games, 11 wins, seven draws, 15 defeats. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Neil Redfearn: Record: 33 games, 11 wins, seven draws, 15 defeats. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

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DAVE HOCKADAY

Record: Six games, two wins, zero draws, four defeats.

Cellino turned to Dave Hockaday in the summer of 2014, a head coach whose previous experience in the dugout could be summed up by a three-year spell at Forest Green Rovers, one in which they only avoided relegation thanks to financial irregularities elsewhere in the Conference.

Uwe Rosler: Record: 12 games, two wins, five draws, five defeats.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Uwe Rosler: Record: 12 games, two wins, five draws, five defeats. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Hockaday was repeatedly backed publicly by Cellino, but after a 2-1 loss against Bradford City in the Capital One Cup, Cellino decided his time was up.

DARKO MILANIC

Record: Six games, zero wins, three draws, three defeats.

Milanic was unfortunate to follow Neil Redfearn in charge, who was unbeaten during his four game spell, including a three-match winning run. However, the Slovenian did not impress in his time at the helm, roundly criticised for a series of negative displays.

His time was up after a loss against Wolves at home, another in a series of games Leeds led before collapsing to defeat.

NEIL REDFEARN

Record: 33 games, 11 wins, seven draws, 15 defeats.

Redfearn was appointed on the day Milanic was sacked, Cellino insisting that he had finally found the right man for the job. The appointment of the academy manager was popular with fans, who had seen Redfearn’s ability to develop exceptional young players over the years.

However, Cellino and Redfearn soon fell out. Steve Thompson, Redfearn’s assistant, was suddenly sacked and the former Barnsley midfielder was left marooned without aid by the time the end of the season came around. Cellino appointed Redfearn’s replacement without informing him, and an offer to return to the academy was rejected.

UWE ROSLER

Record: 12 games, two wins, five draws, five defeats.

Rosler’s appointment was announced only days after a farcical press conference in which Cellino revealed that Adam Pearson was back at the club. A relatively calm summer was followed up by a relatively calm start to the season, but Pearson’s sudden departure did not bode well for Rosler.

His attempts to implement ‘heavy metal’ football never came to fruition, and with no home wins to his name the pressure was clearly on by the time Brighton visited Elland Road. Leeds lost in the last ten minutes of the game, and by Monday, Rosler was gone.

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