Former Premier League manager applies for Leeds United job - report

Former West Bromwich Albion, Celtic and Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has reportedly applied for the vacant Leeds United job.

Leeds United are on the lookout for a new manager after sacking Dave Hockaday last week, with the former Forest Green Rovers manager lasting just 70 days in the Elland Road hot seat.

New owner Massimo Cellino now has to get the next appointment right, with Leeds fans already doubting the Italian's acumen for picking managers - especially given that the Italian has a reputation for being trigger happy when it comes to sacking managers from his time in Serie A with Cagliari.

Neil Redfearn has been handed the reins on a temporary basis, with Cellino now charged with the task of finding a manager who can take Leeds United back up the Championship table and towards the playoff spots.

A whole host of names have been linked with the vacancy, including British based managers such as Steve Clarke, Chris Hughton, Mark Cooper and Ian Culverhouse, Italian managers like Gianluca Festa, Gianfranco Zola, Rolando Maran and Roberto di Matteo, and even ex-Leeds boss Simon Grayson.

However, another boss has reportedly thrown his hat into the ring in a bid to be the new Leeds manager - Tony Mowbray.

Mowbray, 50, earned rave reviews for his work at Hibernian from 2004 to 2006, winning the Scottish Football Writer's Association manager of the year award in only his first season in charge at Easter Road. His impressive record with the Edinburgh-based club led to a move back to England with West Bromwich Albion, where he guided the Baggies back to the Premier League as Championship winners in 2008.

Relegation in their first season back in the top flight didn't seem to add much pressure to Mowbray's job, but he still took the decision to leave the Hawthorns and return to Scotland with Celtic. His time in Glasgow was an unmitigated disaster though, and he didn't even last a full season at Celtic Park, as he was sacked in March 2010.

He then made an emotional return to Middlesbrough, the club where he made over 300 appearances as a player. Whilst he kept 'Boro up in his first season, the lack of progress let to his tenure being ended after almost exactly three years in October, and he's been out of work ever since.

His career win percentage of 43% is by no means disappointing, and he'd certainly be more qualified for the role than Hockaday ever was. Disappointing spells at Celtic and then Middlesbrough have slightly tarnished Mowbray's reputation, and having been known for his 'dour' personality, he may not be the man to spark some excitement back into the Elland Road faitfhul.

However, his application is reportedly on the table for Cellino to consider - and the Italian's bizarre appointment of Hockaday in pre-season means he has every chance of landing the job.

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