Eamonn Dolan joins David Hockaday and Gary McAllister on the club's short-list for the vacant managerial post.
The final man on Leeds United’s managerial shortlist has been revealed as Eamonn Dolan.
Massimo Cellino has reportedly identified three potential candidates to take over at Elland Road next season and, with David Hockaday and Gary McAllister already known targets, only the third potential boss remained unclear.
However, according to the Daily Mail, it is Dolan who is set to meet with the Leeds hierarchy to discuss the possibility of managing the club next season.
Dolan is currently in-charge of Reading’s academy and has a good record of bringing players through the youth-team and into the Royal's first-team.
The likes of Jem Karacan, Alex McCarthy, Alex Pearce, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jordan Obita have all come through Reading’s youth-system and gone on to impress for the first-team after benefiting from Dolan’s stewardship.
It would still be somewhat of a surprise if he was appointed, though. The extent of Dolan’s managerial experience came in the 2003/04 season, when he took charge of Exeter City.
He largely impressed during his time at the Grecians, as he guided them to a spot just outside the playoffs, before opting to join Reading as academy manager – where he has been ever since.
His current club have done little to silence the rumours linking him with a move away from the Madejski Stadium, either, as they have refused to make a comment on the current situation.
Dolan completes a rather surprising list of candidates and will now be looking to beat of competition from Hockaday and McAllister to secure the job.
Leeds supporters know all about McAllister’s qualities, with the Scot having already managed the club in 2008.
Hockaday, though, is a rather unknown quantity. He is yet to manage in the Football League, having only taken charge at Forest Green in his managerial career so far.
He managed the non-league side for four years between 2009-2013, where he turned them from relegation candidates to a mid-table side in the Conference.