Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has finally commented on the search for a new manager.
Neil Redfearn has been in charge of the first team in a caretaker-manager’s capacity since last month when Dave Hockaday was sacked following a run of poor results.
In the two Championship games that the 49-year-old has been in charge of, Leeds have picked four points – a win and a draw.
However, Redfearn is not believed to be among the favourites for the full-time role. A number of other names have been mentioned, including that of former Argentina boss Alejandro Sabella.
A lot of reports and rumours have been doing the rounds in the media, and Cellino has now spoken out on how things are progressing at his end.
‘There are many people in football being mentioned to me and the club’, he told Leeds’s official website. ‘But I can say that we will not be influenced by agents. We have people that we want to speak to about the head coach position but this will not be done through agents.
‘Leeds United is a big club and there are many people who want to be the head coach, but we have to make the right decision for Leeds United. We are working hard to make the right choice’.
Cellino does not really divulge much about the potential candidates, but he seems insistent on the fact that he will not be taken for a ride.
Leeds are indeed one of the biggest clubs in England and, despite Cellino’s history of sacking managers (at Cagliari), a lot of football managers will be interested in taking charge of the West Yorkshire outfit.
It seems that Cellino is taking his time to appoint the right manager. Until he makes his decision, Redfearn will be taking care of first-team duties.