Former Leeds United defender declares interest in becoming new manager

Elland Road pitchside

Ex-Leeds United defender Dominic Matteo has declared his interest in replacing Dave Hockaday as the manager at Elland Road.

It's been quite the start to life under Massimo Cellino's ownership for Leeds United. The sale of Ross McCormack to Fulham didn't particularly go down well with the Elland Road faithful, whilst Cellino used his contacts in Italy to bring in a number of players from his homeland as Leeds' squad underwent a huge overhaul.

Yet the biggest decision under Cellino's reign so far concerns the mager's hot seat. Known for being trigger happy with managers during his time at Cagliari, Cellino firstly decided to bizarrely appoint former Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday as Leeds' new manager, but he lasted just 70 days before being sacked after a poor start to the new season, which included losing 2-1 away at local rivals Bradford City in the Capital One Cup.

The club's search for a new manager continues, and we've already seen a whole host of names linked with the role; Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Alejandro Sabella and Darko Milanic have been some of the more surprise names rumoured to be in the frame, whilst other, more recognisable faces such as Steve Clarke and Simon Grayson continue to be mentioned.

Yet today, a familiar name to Leeds fans has thrown his hat into the ring - former Whites defender Dominic Matteo.

After arriving in 2000 from Liverpool, former defender Matteo made 150 appearances for Leeds before moving on to Blackburn Rovers in 2004. Following his retirement in 2009, Matteo has continued to take a keen interest in all things Leeds before being appointed as the club's football ambassador back in May 2013. Now with an opening in the dugout, Matteo told TalkSport that he wants the role.

"I've always had a big connection with the club, I worked there last season, and if there was an opportunity to go back I would never turn that down," said Matteo. "If there is an opportunity to work for Leeds United again, I would grab it with both hands."

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