Five potential replacements for McDermott at Leeds United

Former Chelsea, Watford, West Ham, Celtic and Cagliari men feature.

The moment we have all imagined was around the corner has finally come, as Brian McDermott and Leeds United have parted company by mutual consent. The former Reading boss saw his position at the club in peril from the moment new owner Massimo Cellino rocked up and took ownership of the club - and finally he has left the managerial position vacant at Elland Road.

The bookmakers overwhelming favourite to take over the role is former Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday, but who else might be in the running for the job?

We take a look at five realistic options for the Yorkshire club.

Gianfranco Zola

This has to be an option that will excite Leeds fans. The passionate former Chelsea player may have to bury his links with his former club, but if he does Leeds know they would be getting hold of a seriously talented gaffer.

He performed wonders at Warford during his time at the club and he played for Cellino's other club Cagliari toward the end of his illustrious career.

Claudio Ranieri

Sensing a theme? The Italian bosses are always going to be heavily tipped with this job and few are better experienced than the former Chelsea boss.

Recently deposed of his seat at mega rich AS Monaco, he will certainly be an option they explore.

Benito Carbone

Recently appointed as the club's director of football Leeds have come out and maintained that the ex-Sheffield Wednesday player will definitely not take charge of the team.

However his managerial record in Italy's lower leagues is impressive and it would be an easy, hassle free. appointment.

Neil Lennon

Surely the former Celtic boss has to be a candidate for the role. Leeds are still a massive club and the ex-Leicester City man would surely consider the role.

He dreams of managing in the Premier League - why not do it the hard way with Leeds United?

Russ Wilcox

Not a name being mentioned in the odds but the Scunthorpe United man must be a consideration. A Yorkshireman himself, he has proven himself to be a very talented manager win League Two - failing to lose in a record 26 games at the start of his managerial career.

A gamble, but he might be worth a roll of the dice.

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