Leeds linked manager Dougie Freedman was reportedly fired once over Chris Wood transfer row

Ex Bolton boss Dougie Freedman has been linked with the Leeds United job.

Dougie Freedman has been named as a surprise candidate for the Leeds United head coach job currently held by Steve Evans, The Sun reported at the weekend.

Evans has Leeds unbeaten over the last four games but uncertainty remains over his future with unpredictable owner Massimo Cellino not yet committing to keeping him on next season.

Freedman is available after being recently dismissed by Nottingham Forest, while he also has experience managing in the Championship with Crystal Palace and Bolton Wanderers.

His spell at Bolton ended in late 2014, with a row over signing Chris Wood the final tipping point, The Sun reported at the time.

Their report read: "Dougie Freedman was sacked as Bolton manager after a final row over finances.

"The Scot held talks with chairman Phil Gartside on Thursday about signing new players. He wanted the club to find the cash to take Leicester striker Chris Wood on loan.

"But Freedman, 40, was told he would not be getting any money, with the 4-0 hammering at Fulham 24 hours earlier sealing his fate."

Wood was sold by Leicester to Leeds United last summer, and if appointed by the Whites, Freedman would finally get the chance to work with the New Zealand international.

The 24-year-old has been in excellent form lately, netting three goals in his last three games.

Evans seems to have a lot of trust in him, but if the Scotsman was let go at the end of the season and replaced by his compatriot, Freedman appears to be a manager who rates him highly too.

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