If Redfearn goes, is it between Adkins and Poyet for the Leeds job?

Neil Redfearn

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino looks as though he will move for a new manager - who will it be?

The journey for Neil Redfearn as Leeds United boss appears to be nearing an end. The 49-year-old has been described as 'on the brink' and the club's owner has hardly spoken of him in glowing terms since returning from his disqualification.

Of course, Massimo Cellino may well end up running back to Redfearn once yet another managerial appointment doesn't work out - but who will he turn to before that?

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was touted at first, although that link appears to have gone cold. Mark Warburton has been discussed but the Daily Mail have only reported an 'admiration' from Cellino.

So far, then, that would leave us with two candidates. Nigel Adkins has distanced himself from the Leeds post but, after the Daily Mirror linked him to the job, the 50-year-old hasn't ruled himself out as such.

And the Mirror have also reported that Cellino has sounded out former Sunderland boss Gus Poyet. Who will it be?

Gus Poyet

Pros: Has worked at Leeds before and, as some have suggested, will likely be given a chance by the Elland Road faithful. Impressed considerably during his time at Brighton, with the Seagulls looking nowhere near as effective since his departure.

Cons: His time at Sunderland will have damaged his reputation. The Uruguayan may not have been heavily backed in the transfer market but his way of going about things flattered to deceive. Poyet struggled with results and constantly argued with the fans through open letters and subtle press-conference digs.

Nigel Adkins

Pros: An able manager who has generally been praised for his managerial work so far. Most importantly, Adkins has achieved promotion from the Championship. Of the available options so far, the ex-Reading boss has the best reputation.

Cons: A 'nice' guy - will he be able to stand up to Cellino and not be a yes man? Adkins was harshly treated by the Southampton hierarchy and may have been a little too gentlemanly to pull things round at Reading.

Mark Warburton

Pros: A modern, motivational manager whose success with Brentford promises big things were Warburton to take on a club the size of Leeds. No compensation will be required once he leaves the Bees.

Cons: As stated, the current Brentford boss is a less likely option as his recent duties with the club have given him less time to talk to potential suitors, while Cellino's interest in him has only been reported by the Mail to the point of mere 'admiration.' Warburton's firm stance with the Brentford hierarchy, meanwhile, whom he doesn't see to eye to eye with, suggests he could never work with the current Leeds owner.

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