Leeds United linked with shock move for former Chelsea boss

Following his dismissal by Monaco, Claudio Ranieri has been linked with a move to Elland Road, despite the presence of Brian McDermott.

Massimo Cellino could be set to wield the axe on Leeds United manager Brian McDermott amid reports linking the Whites with a move for Claudio Ranieri.

The Express reported earlier this week that the Yorkshire club could be set to bring the Italian to the club, as they look to launch a fresh bid to gain promotion back to the Premier League next season.

Ranieri departed previous club AS Monaco earlier this week and is no stranger to English football, having previously spent four years in charge of Chelsea, during which he led them to a Champions League semi-final, FA Cup final and runners-up finish in the Premier League.

The Italian is likely to have plenty of potential offers but with Cellino keen to bring fresh blood in to Elland Road, a return to England could tempt.

It’s been nearly a decade since Ranieri managed in the English top-flight with the 62-year-old enjoying stints at the helm of Valencia, Parma, Juventus, Roma and Inter Milan in the intervening years.

Question marks remain as to whether he would be open to a move down to the Championship, but after managing Juve during a difficult time at the club it would appear that, provided the project is right, he will be open to any offer.

The rumours also suggest Brian McDermott’s time at the club could be coming to a close, with the former Reading manager previously dogged by reports of his imminent sacking back when Cellino first made moves to take over the club.

And the Cagliari owner certainly appears to be keen on bringing in an Italian contingent, with Benito Carbone recruited in a coaching role earlier this month.

Should the club fail in any proposed bid for Ranieri, then the next stop could be one of either Gianfranco Zola or even Paolo Di Canio.


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