Report: Cellino admires Championship boss Mark Warburton as next potential Leeds manager

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Leeds United are reportedly interested in Mark Warburton.

Leeds United are interested in appointing Mark Warburton as manager, report The Mail.

The Brentford boss has guided the Bees into the Championship play-offs at the first attempt, while Neil Redfearn faces an uncertain future as head coach at Leeds.

The Mail report regarding Warburton's future: "It is understood Leeds’s madcap Italian owner Massimo Cellino is an admirer and possible suitor."

The BBC reported earlier this year Warburton is unlikely to be retained by Brentford as manager even if he leads them into the Premier League for the first time in 70 years.

Leeds are unlikely to be the only ones interested in his services, but his immediate priority will be Brentford's play-off matches against Middlesbrough.

Warburton has helped Brentford see off Leeds United twice this season, 1-0 at Elland Road and 2-0 at Griffin Park earlier in the season, an away game Massimo Cellino attended.

The manager is a big advocate of attacking football and youth development, and was this season able to attract loan players from Tottenham and Arsenal to Brentford.

The Mail last week claimed Barnet boss Martin Allen was an option for Leeds, while The Sun had linked Burton Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

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