Massimo Cellino has gone as far to hint he has a replacement for Neil Redfearn in mind at Leeds United.
Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has admitted he has a replacement in waiting for Neil Redfearn at the club.
Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, in the same explosive interview in which he labelled the current head coach a 'baby' and cast doubt over his ability, he revealed how far along he was with his coach search.
He said: "I can’t say who...This new coach is angry – and he wants revenge. Just like me."
The controversial Italian would not shed light on whether it was Gus Poyet, recently fired by Sunderland, who possibly fits his enigmatic description.
Cellino's revelation is just that, confirming that he has been reaching out with a view to appoint a new boss, while currently deliberating the future of Redfearn.
Redfearn is extremely popular, so much so that a poll on the Mirror's website showed 81 per cent of Leeds fans want him to be kept on as head coach.
What's holding it up?
It seems inevitable that Cellino will let Redfearn depart Leeds and appoint a new manager, but legal or contractual issues relating to the current boss, or his prospective new one could be reason for delay.
He could also still be having second thoughts, or as unpredictable as he is, scouring the market for an even better coach to become available for the one he has lined up.
To take a cynical view, he could even be waiting to tie down the club's most talented youngsters to extended deals before letting Redfearn go, fearful they could look to follow him out of the club.