Three reasons for and three reasons against Leeds United appointing Fabio Cannavaro

Elland Road Revie Stand

Leeds United have been linked with a bold move this summer.

According to a report from the Daily Mail, Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino is considering replacing current manager Steve Evans with former Italian international Fabio Cannavaro.

Leeds fans have got used to crazy rumours but this one is definitely a cut above, except with Cellino you would not put it past him to actually pull it off.

Here we take a look at three reasons why bringing Cannavaro to Elland Road could be a good idea and three reasons why Leeds may be wise to steer clear:

He is a headline name

There is no doubt Cannavaro is one of the most famous names in world football and if Leeds brought him in it would certainly generate plenty of interest in the club.

With all due respect to current boss Evans, his name does not have the gravitas of a former World Cup winner.

He could attract top talent

Big name managers have a habit of signing big name players and Leeds could certainly tempt a different calibre of footballer with the former Italy captain at the helm.

If Cellino is building for a future with Leeds in the Premier League, Cannavaro could play a significant role in that.

The players would respect him

Footballers respect achievements and few have achieved as much as Cannavaro.

He would be able to inspire the Leeds players knowing full well what it takes to succeed at the very highest level and they may respond accordingly.

Leeds’ young players in particular could benefit from learning from the Italian master, and their defence would surely be much tighter as a consequence of his arrival.

His managerial record is not great

That said, Cannavaro’s record in charge of former clubs Guangzhou Evergrande in China and Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia is not exactly amazing.

The alleged Leeds target was sacked from both posts, leaving Al-Nassr sixth in the table after managing a win percentage of just 37.5 per cent.

In contrast he left Evergrande with the Chinese side top of the table, averaging a 47.8 per cent win ratio, but that was still not deemed good enough for him to retain his job.

He does not know English football

English football is a cruel master and those who are not fully aware of it can quickly become its victim, especially when you consider how tough the Championship invariably is.

Names count for nothing when everyone is fighting for something and Cannavaro could struggle.

Steve Evans is doing a decent job

Not all Leeds fans will agree, but Evans is doing a decent job turning things round at Elland Road and he has showed with his signings that he understands what the team needs to improve.

A few heavy defeats have certainly tested the fans’ patience, however Evans deserves the summer to make his mark on this side; he also fully understands the challenges of the Championship in a way Cannavaro does not.

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