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Cellino looking for lucky number seven

Cellino looking for lucky number seven

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino is looking to appoint his seventh Leeds manager in three years after sacking Steve Evans.

He has already been turned down by Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke and MK Dons gaffer Karl Robinson and now faces a summer of trying to persuade someone to take what is fast becoming footballs biggest poisoned chalice.

Garry Monk

The bookies' favourite, former Swansea boss Monk would be a real coup for Leeds given his standing in the game but would he want such a shambolic club in only his second managerial appointment and with such a volatile owner who is known to interfere.

Many felt he was harshly treated when sacked by Swansea last season, but as a manager with Premier League experience he would be perfect to try and wake the sleeping giant at Elland Road and the fans may see this as a step in the right direction.

Neil Lennon

Former Celtic boss Lennon would love a quick return to the dugout after a dreadful spell at Bolton Wanderers last season but perhaps in a more stable club.

Wanderers off field problems last season will have shown the Northern Irishman that life managing away from big clubs like Celtic is not easy but, having managed on the biggest stage, he may fancy the challenge.

Gianluca Festa

The former Middlesbrough defender has previous with Leeds as he first became known to Leeds fans when Cellino tried to get him to sit on the bench alongside former boss Brian McDermott and he was rumoured to have been to training sessions to observe for the Italian owner.

He has managed at Cagliari and Como and is a long-time friend of Cellino which could make him a more feasible option.

Dougie Freedman

The former Leeds player who is out of work and available at the moment was pictured at a number of Leeds' end-of-season games and this has sparked interest in him.

Freedman has struggled to replicate the initial success he had with another of his former clubs Crystal Palace, since leaving Bolton and Nottingham Forest (another club with an odd owner), but could fit in at Elland Road and maybe bring the fans back on side.