Will Leeds appointing Darrell Clarke help Whites to the front of the queue to sign Matty Taylor?

The Championship side are interested in speaking to the Bristol Rovers boss.

Oxford's Jake Wright and Bristol Rovers' Matty Taylor in action

While the managerial stints of Dave Hockaday and Darko Milanic may have Leeds United fans very concerned about the prospect of their latest head coach having no previous Championship experience, the news that Darrell Clarke appears to be a serious candidate for the job may help the Whites land one of the Football League's most ruthless goalscorers.

Sky Sports reports that Massimo Cellino has turned his attention to the Bristol Rovers boss after MK Dons' Karl Robinson rejected the chance to succeed Steve Evans.

Leeds United Chairman Massimo Cellino 

As well as Clarke doing a tremendous job at the Memorial Stadium - leading the Gas to two consecutive promotions - he has been the man in charge of reported Leeds target Matty Taylor.

The Bristol Post claimed earlier in the month that the 26-year-old had been attracting United's attention after a stunning season where he scored 27 league goals to finish the campaign as the leading goalscorer from all of the top four divisions. 

And with Mirco Antenucci departing Elland Road this summer, Leeds' need for a new striker has arguably become one of the main issues that the new manager will have to address when he is appointed.

Should Clarke be the man tasked with taking the side forward, he may be hoping to use his relationship with Taylor to convince him to ignore interest from elsewhere and come to Yorkshire.

Oxford's John Lundstram and Bristol Rovers' Matty Taylor in action

And if the former non-league forward joins Leeds and is able to raise his game in the second tier in the same way that he has done in League Two, then Leeds could have perhaps unearthed the next Jamie Vardy, leaving Darrell Clarke well on his way to succeeding where several other head coaches have failed at Elland Road.

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