Leeds United linked Fabio Cannavaro has struggled in management, but is popular with fans

The Italian hero has been linked with taking over from Steve Evans.

Today has seen the incredible rumour regarding Leeds United’s potential new manager gain momentum.

It was reported yesterday that Leeds’ controversial owner Massimo Cellino was set to change managers once again at Elland Road and now the Daily Mail is reporting that Cellino is hoping to bring in Italian World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro.

That would be a shock move from Cellino and Leeds and an eye-catching one.

But whilst it is an exciting idea, what is Cannavaro like as a coach?

He has only had two stints as a first-team coach. He managed Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande from November 2014 until June 2015 and Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Nassr from October 2015 until February this year.

At Guangzhou he had a 47.83 win percentage, not a bad stat. But he was sacked by the Chinese club despite this. The club were joint top of the league at the time but after a draw with Tianjin Teda the big-spending bosses at Guangzhou decided he was not delivering the goods, especially considering the money the club had spent.

That being said he was a very popular figure with the Chinese fans and was sent off by a large group of adoring fans when he got the chop.

Cannavaro’s next stint in management with Al-Nassr was not a success. He had a 37.5 win percentage and the reigning Saudi champions were sixth in the Saudi Pro League – 18 points off the top spot.

So the Italian has not exactly covered himself in glory in the East, so what chance has he got in the West of Yorkshire?

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