Massimo Cellino shares how he approached Jose Mourinho about becoming Leeds manager

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Leeds United chairman Massimo Cellino claims he told Jose Mourinho to become the manager at Elland Road.

Leeds United chairman Massimo Cellino has told The Telegraph that he asked Jose Mourinho to show some balls and become the club's new manager.

Controversial Italian Cellino, 59, arrived at Elland Road back in 2014, and has lived up to his 'coach eater' nickname, going through a host of managers during his time in West Yorkshire.

Brian McDermott, David Hockaday, Darko Milanic, Neil Redfearn and Uwe Rosler have all lost their jobs as manager under Cellino, whilst the future of current boss Steve Evans is up in the air, with his contract expiring at the end of the season.

That has led fans to wonder who will be in the Elland Road dugout come next season, and Cellino has now revealed a bizarre approach to Jose Mourinho.

'The Special One' has been out of work since leaving Chelsea in December, but is widely expected to take over from Louis van Gaal at Manchester United this summer - but that didn't stop Cellino from making an audacious attempt to lure him to Elland Road.

Cellino has told The Telegraph that he approached Mourinho - who has won eight league titles, two Champions League and one UEFA Cup during his time as a manager - and told him that if he really wanted to show some balls, he would test himself and manage Leeds rather than Manchester United.

"I told him, ‘If you had the balls, you should come and manage Leeds. Bring Leeds into the Premier League and then the Champions League. That’s balls.’ You want to play football – come with me to Leeds," said Cellino. "Mourinho, like others, has to ask himself if he is still a coach. How do you find out? By going to Manchester United?" he added

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