Appointing Eamonn Dolan could give Leeds an edge in race for ex Palace star

Dean Moxey for Crystal Palace

If Leeds United appoint Reading academy manager Eamonn Dolan it could give them an edge in the race to sign former Crystal Palace full-back Dean Moxey.

Although Reading have reportedly warned Leeds United off from appointing their academy manager as their head coach, the appointment by Cellino could give Leeds United the upper-hand in the race to sign reported target Dean Moxey due to Dolan being the man that gave Moxey his first chance at first-team football over a decade ago.

The 46-year-old Reading coach was instrumental in the development, and subsequent first-team promotion, of Leeds United target Dean Moxey during their time at Exeter.

After a relatively successful job as caretaker manager at the club, in 2003 Dolan was permanently hired as Exeter City’s first-team manager. And one of the first duties he did as manager was introduce Dean Moxey into first-team life at St James Park.

The full-back made his debut against Woking aged just 17-years-old and then quickly went on to establish himself as a first-team regular in Eamonn Dolan’s side, which was later scrutinised when Alex Inglethorpe replaced him in 2004.

"I got my first professional contract the year we got relegated and with all the problems the club had, I was just glad to have my opportunity to get into the team," Moxey recalls. "When Eamonn [Dolan] was there, I was picked regularly in the squad, but then Alex came and didn’t like the way I went about things and I never really played."

In his debut season under Dolan, the former Crystal Palace defender made 18 appearances for Exeter scoring two goals, which quickly earned him a reputation as one of the most, if not the most, promising players outside the Football league.

If Dolan is hired as the Leeds United manager which, with most bookies, is odds-on to happen, then he could go back in for the player he introduced into the footballing world.

It would be, if he was to get the job, a great first signing and a real signal of intent by both Dolan and Cellino to the rest of the football league.

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