Yorkshire latest: Chelsea legend rejects Leeds managerial offer; Blades signing in awe

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Zola rejects Leeds

Leeds United have already had a rejection in their hunt for a new manager, according to reports in Italy.

After sacking David Hockaday yesterday, the Whites contacted Gianfranco Zola over the vacant job, but he told the club that he has no interest in taking up the position.

Massimo Cellino is said to want a boss with more experience this time around after his experiment with trying the unproven Hockaday proved to be a failure, and Zola had been on his list of targets.

He will now have to move on to other candidates, though, with Steve Clarke said to be among those who could be given the job.

Leeds fail in chase of Daniele Dessena

In further bad news for Leeds supporters, they have failed to land Cagliari’s Daniele Dessena, the Italian media report.

The midfielder had been said to be of interest to the Championship side, but Cagliari want him to stay in Italy and will loan him to Sampdoria for the 2014-15 season, putting an end of Leeds’s hopes of signing him.

Redknapp backs Robinson at Huddersfield

Harry Redknapp has backed Jack Robinson to impress on his loan spell at Huddersfield Town.

Robinson completed a move from Liverpool to QPR yesterday but was immediately loaned out to Huddersfield, and Redknapp believes that he will be a success in the Championship.

“Jack is a good young player and one for the future,” Redknapp said. "He will continue his development this season in the Championship at Huddersfield, where I am sure he will do well.”

Stuart Gray admits Wednesday nearly got Fryatt

Stuart Gray has revealed that Sheffield Wednesday thought that they had signed Matty Fryatt earlier in the transfer window.

The striker had been one the club’s targets and was set to complete a move to Hillsborough earlier in the summer.

However, he ended up joining Nottingham Forest at the last minute, and Gray admits that he was one who got away.

“We thought we got that one over the line and got Matty through the door. It coincided with Stuart [Pearce] getting the Forest job and Matty living in Derby,” the Wednesday boss said.

“Stuart worked and gave Matty all his caps at U21 level. He knows him very well so we missed out.”

The Owls will be in direct competition with their former transfer target tomorrow, when they take on Forest and look to continue their impressive early season form.

Howard in ‘awe’ of Sheffield United

Mark Howard says that Sheffield United’s away support against West Ham United has made him realise how big the club really is.

The goalkeeper, who joined the club from Scotland over the summer, says that the Blades fans' celebrations after their League Cup win made him realise the size of the club.

“Our end was packed down there (at West Ham) and celebrating in front of our fans when it was finished leaves you in awe of just how big this club really is,” he said to the Sheffield Star.

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