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Cellino claims superstitious factor in manager hunt despite Robinson move, report explains delay

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino watches from the stands

Leeds United are hunting for a new manager this summer.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino watches from the standsLeeds United owner Massimo Cellino watches from the stands

Leeds United chairman Massimo Cellino has told The Mirror that he won't appoint a manager who was relegated last season due to his superstitious nature.

The Italian has justifiably earned the nickname of 'Manager Eater' over the years, as having gone through 36 managers in 23 years at Cagliari, he's now on track to do something similar at Leeds.

Leeds United Chairman Massimo CellinoLeeds United Chairman Massimo Cellino

Cellino has sacked Brian McDermott, David Hockaday, Darko Milanic, Neil Redfearn and Uwe Rosler in just two years, and now Steve Evans appears to be heading towards the same fate, despite keeping Leeds in the Championship last season.

Now, Cellino has told The Mirror that he's in Italy meeting a potential candidate for the job - and assured fans that it won't be a manager who suffered relegation last season as he's superstitious about such a prospect.

"I'm in Italy meeting another coach before I decide," said Cellino. "I can't tell you whom but for sure he wasn't relegated last season because you know I'm superstitious," he added.

Milton Keynes Dons manager Karl RobinsonMilton Keynes Dons manager Karl Robinson

Cellino's comments are interesting, but also make his move for Karl Robinson all the more bizarre. As reported by BBC Sport, Cellino met with MK Dons boss Robinson to discuss the Leeds job, but he rejected the position in order to stay at Milton Keynes.

Robinson's Dons were relegated to League One last season, so just why Cellino would move for him if he's so against appointing a relegated manager is baffling to say the very least.

Prospective new Leeds owner Massimo Cellino arrives at Vicarage Road before the game

Additionally, Sky Sports report that Cellino is 'waiting for agreement from the club's board' before making a final decision on who will be in charge at Elland Road next season, hence the delay in not only appointing a new manager, but also confirming Evans' departure.

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