The Leeds United job is a poisoned chalice for the incoming manager

Leeds United parted company with Brian McDermott on Friday as Massimo Cellino sets about improving the club's fortunes.

A big club with plenty of potential, a large fan base and a wonderful history created by the likes of Don Revie and Billy Bremner. Who wouldn't want to manage Leeds United? Well, probably quite a lot of people actually.

Brian McDermott was sacked for a second time as Leeds manager on Friday, but this time he won't be returning. Despite managing to keep the club in the Championship last season when there was so much confusion off the pitch with regards to Cellino's takeover, the former Reading manager will not be continuing at Elland Road. His job never looked safe under the Italian, and as is the case when new owners come in they often look to bring in their own man.

It looks likely that the man will be Benito Carbone. The former Sheffield Wednesday player was brought to the club in a consultant role. Carbone's primary role then was to work with the academy, however he could find himself working with the first-team next season. Cellino wanted to bring Carbone in for a long time and although he has said he won't be the new manager, he remains the favourite.

Leeds United have been out of the Premier League for ten years and despite the best efforts of numerous managers they are still no closer to returning.

The club's last three managers; Simon Grayson, Neil Warnock, and Brian McDermott have all had plenty of success elsewhere but yet seemingly didn't meet the standards at Leeds. Obviously they have high standards but the three aforementioned managers have great CV's and have 11 promotions between them, but even they weren't deemed good enough by the Leeds board.

Whoever steps into the hotseat at Elland Road faces immediate pressure. The fans demand success and Massimo Cellino doesn't strike me as someone who will be happy to sit around in the Championship for too long. Whoever they do bring in will have to be able to deal with the pressure and expectation.

It would be extremely hard for Carbone if he does get the job given that he hasn't managed in England before. He would be thrown in at the deep end and as we have seen even experienced managers haven't been able to deliver promotion back to the Premier League. The next manager of Leeds United will likely only have two to three years in charge based on recent history.

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