Could A World Cup Winner Be About To Take Over At Leeds?

There are reports emerging that Leeds United owner, Massimo Cellino, is to wield his axe once again and dismiss current boss Steve Evans and replace him with former Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro this summer.

After yet another disappointing campaign for Leeds and Cellino, this summer promises to be another rebuilding job for the Yorkshire club.

According to the Daily Mail, Cellino is unhappy with current boss Evans and is considering the former Real Madrid and Juventus defender for the role. Cannavaro was managing Al-Nassr but left the Saudi Arabian side last month.

Evans signed a rolling contract to replace Uwe Rosler in October last year and has been fighting a losing battle to impress Cellino ever since. The owner is unhappy with their progress as Leeds sit 13th in the Championship.

United have been out of the top flight since 2004, when they were relegated alongside Wolves and Leicester City, the same Leicester City who now are on the verge of winning their first ever Premier League title.

It won’t help the mood of  the Elland Road faithful to see Leicester in such a position twelve years after relegation while Leeds seem to be making little progress as each season passes.

Massimo Cellino. 


Leeds were humiliated at home on Saturday as they lost 4-1 to Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town in front of one of the biggest crowds for a Championship side with an estimated 30,000 in attendance. And, according to the Daily Mail, Cellino will not back Evans beyond the summer.

This means the 53-year-old is set to become the owner’s sixth scalp, with Brian McDermott, Dave Hockaday, Darko Milanic, Neil Redfearn and Rosler having left Elland Road under Cellino.

The former world-class centre back has little managerial experience, having only coached Al-Ahli Club of Dubai, Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande and Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Nassr.

Although the Italian is rumoured to be interested in replacing the departing Antonio Conte as Italy boss, it remains to be seen if the Italian Football Federation are keen on him.

As for any manager in the game, the Leeds United job should be of interest to Cannavaro, as Leeds try once again to get their promotion push back on track.

Despite unrest with the Cellino regime from the fans, the Italian is keen on investing more money in the club but would rather have a new man in charge to spend it rather than Evans.

Leeds United are currently 13th in the Championship and will face old manager Neil Warnock with Rotherham after the international break.

Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena

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