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Cellino's confusion - Why Leeds remains one of the biggest jobs in football

Here is why Leeds United remains one of the biggest jobs in English football.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino admitted earlier this week that he’s confused.

He’s confused because plenty of coaches are calling him about the vacant managerial position at Elland Road.

“At the moment too many coaches call me and I’m confused,” said the Italian.

Leeds have been without a boss since Cellino decided to sack David Hockaday after just 70 days in charge of the Championship giants.

It all seems a little chaotic but what Cellino’s confusion actually suggests it that Leeds United manager is still one of the biggest jobs in English football.

Plenty of coaches are interested in managing Leeds because the prospect of taking a huge club back into the Premier League is naturally an attractive proposition.

There have been plenty of instances in the recent past, Hockaday being one of them, that would seemingly put solid coaches off of working at Elland Road.

The unpredictable nature of the way Cellino is currently leading the club doesn’t make for the ideal situation for any coach trying to nail down a permanent and long term position.

Leeds are also one of the best supported sides outside of the Premier League, which is another attractive thing about the club for any coach.

Even back in the days when Leeds were a League One side, the team were well supported at every ground away from Elland Road as well as enjoying crowds of close to 30,000 when they played at home.

That level of support makes for a very positive situation for any coach that comes in at Leeds, builds momentum and gets the team moving in the right direction.

The job for the new boss is to draw everyone together as Leeds try and get back into the top flight of English football.

The immense support base makes that possible and proves that despite all of the difficulties in the recent past, there is a common cause that the supporters can relate to and something a new manager can use to drive the club forward.

Leeds fans have endured a great amount of instability both on and off the pitch in recent times but what the Leeds job promises and represents means the best available coaches will always queue up for a piece of that history.

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