Massimo Cellino right to take his time in appointing new Leeds United manager

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Leeds United are still without a full-time manager, as club president Massimo Cellino continues his search for the best man.

Leeds United have been without a full-time manager since August 28 when Dave Hockaday was sacked. The 56-year-old was dismissed after just six matches in charge of the Championship outfit.

Since then, Neil Redfearn has been the caretaker-manager and has led the West Yorkshire club to seven points from a possible nine, guiding them to just three points off the playoff spots.

It has been over three weeks, but Leeds president Massimo Cellino has yet to appoint a new full-time manager. The Italian entrepreneur is seemingly taking his time in making a decision, and rightly so.

Leeds are one of the biggest clubs of England and, according to Cellino (click here to read more), a number of candidates have already approached him.

But the Italian is exploring all options and making sure that he gets the right man. In June, Cellino appointed Hockaday and we all know how it turned out.

At the time of his appointment, it was clear that the Englishman was not the right man for the job, having managed just one club before (Forest Green Rovers).

Cellino now surely is not going to make the same mistake and is going to appoint the man he is certain is the right candidate.

True, going over three weeks without having a manager in place is not ideal, but during this period Redfearn has done the job brilliantly and things have improved.

Leeds’s performance on the pitch has been encouraging, the new signings are bedding in well and, more importantly, they are picking up points. Which means that Cellino could take his time in making a decision over a new manager.

And the Italian has done exactly that. Recent reports suggest that Darko Milanic will be the new manager of Leeds. The 46-year-old Slovenian has reportedly agreed to buy out his contract with Austrian club Sturm Graz and will travel to England on Sunday to finalise a deal with Leeds.

Whether Milanic will be a good appointment is open to debate, but this time Cellino cannot be accused of making a decision in haste.

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