Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has been in the papers throughout this week following the sacking of David Hockaday after just six matches
The former Forest Green Rovers boss controversially landed himself the position of Leeds boss after a one-off chance meeting with Cellino.
After three Championship defeats in four games including the 4-1 thrashing at Watford, however, Hockaday was on limited time and the Yorkshire derby cup defeat at Bradford spelled the end of his short reign at Elland Road.
So who’s up next for the Yorkshire club?
Former Italian defender and Cagliari boss Rolando Maran has been placed as the bookies’ favourites at 11/10, but recent reports have stated that contacts have been made with former WBA boss Steve Clarke.
According to Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay, the Whites have opened dialogue with the Scottish coach and the 51-year-old appears willing to take the job on.
Quite cloak-and-dagger on the head coach front but we're told that there's already been dialogue between Leeds and Steve Clarke. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) agosto 29, 2014
Clarke is said to be receptive to the idea of coaching Leeds. Long, long way from shaking hands though. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) agosto 29, 2014
Clarke, a former coach at both Chelsea and Liverpool, landed his first permanent managerial job at The Hawthorns in the summer of 2012 and led the club to eighth place – their best finish since 1981.
Despite guiding the Baggies to victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford at the beginning of the 2013/14 campaign, he was sacked in December after a run of poor results left the club just two points above the relegation zone.
Highly-rated and well-known within the footballing community, Leeds could do a lot worse than to appoint Clarke and the decision to do so may help restore some confidence among the suffering Elland Road faithful.
Would Steve Clarke be a good appointment for Leeds United?