Paul Clement could suit Massimo Cellino at Leeds United

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Should Leeds United approach sacked Derby County manager Paul Clement?

Steve Evans has done a pretty good job at Leeds United, but his future at the club is far from certain.

The Scotsman’s current contract with Leeds runs out at the end of next month, and he has yet to be given a new deal.

Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino recently said that he wants a ‘coach’, not a ‘manager’, someone who will work with the players he is given.

"I cannot work with English managers,” Cellino told The Telegraph. “I never want to learn. I give up.

"When am I going to find a manager in England who is actually a coach? They want to control everything. But it’s wrong because when they go you have to start all over again.”

Not many British managers would be willing to be just a ‘coach’, as they would want some say in recruitment, but could Paul Clement be one of the very few who would be happy to be just a ‘coach’?

Clement is without a managerial job at the moment, having been sacked by Derby County in February 2016.

The Englishman was expected to guide the Rams to a top-two finish in the Championship this past season, but when he left, the team had not won in seven league matches and were fifth in the standings.

It was Clement’s first managerial job and he did not exactly fail, and perhaps Cellino could look at him if indeed he wants to replace Evans.

The Englishman has a lot of ‘coaching’ experience, having worked at massive clubs such as Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Carlo Ancelotti.

Ancelotti is one of the best football managers in the world, and having worked with the Italian, Clement will have learnt a great deal.

Moreover, some of the clubs where the Englishman has been - Chelsea, PSG, Madrid - the players are most recruited by those above the manager.

Clement’s managerial skills may be debatable - after all, it is hard to judge someone after just seven months - but he is a very good ‘coach’.

If Cellino wants a ‘coach’ who will work with the players he will sign, then Clement could be the right fit.

Moreover, the Englishman has contacts at some of the biggest clubs in Europe, and that could be helpful when it comes to signing young players on loan.

Clement also has a good relationship with Ancelotti, who could give him advice from time to time.

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