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Is Giuseppe Sannino the perfect candidate to manage Leeds United?

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It looks as though Steve Evans is on his way, and the former Watford boss could be perfect for the job.

Leeds United are being linked with plenty of new managers at the moment, with speculation rife that Massimo Cellino is set to move on Steve Evans from his role at the club.

Plenty of names have been linked with the role, especially those with a link to Italian football.

Not many of those names will be inspiring Leeds fans so what Cellino would need to find is somebody with a crossover. An Italian based manager who could work under Cellino, but who also has Championship experience.

Enter, Giuseppe Sannino.

He is currently out of work after leaving Carpi in November and made his name predominantly for his work with Varese and Siena.

He has managed his entire career in Italy, apart from a spell in charge of Watford.

He was appointed by the Pozzo family in December 2013. Sannino had a successful time with Watford. He guided them to a club record six home wins on the bounce without conceding and the Hornets were second in the Championship when he took the shock decision to resign from his position at Vicarage Road, amid reports of player unrest.

Sannino has therefore shown promise in England’s second-tier and has publicly praised Cellino in the past. He said of his countryman, as quoted by the Watford Observer, in April 2014:

"I am very happy for him because he is the kind of person that did a great job at Cagliari.

"He is now the boss of a club with a great history like Leeds and, in my opinion, he joined English football because he believes he can do a good job here.

"There have been coaches and players who have come from Italy and now we have some owners from Italy. English football is very attractive."

Sannino was even placed as the bookies favourite, as reported by the IB Times, to become Leeds boss in September 2014 as Leeds looked for a replacement for Dave Hockaday – eventually going for Darko Milanic.

He would not be the popular Leeds fans’ choice but none of those are likely to get a look in with Cellino at the helm.

Sannino, might be the best they can wish for.

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