Report: Leeds United also targeting Oxford United boss Michael Appleton

Oxford manager Michael Appleton

Leeds have been linked with fellow League Two promoted boss Darrell Clarke.

Oxford manager Michael AppletonOxford manager Michael Appleton

Leeds United have reportedly targeted Oxford United boss Michael Appleton for the management job at the club – with Steve Evans looking to be on his way out of Elland Road this summer.

The Daily Mail has reported today that Appleton has ‘been targeted’ as a potential management option for the Leeds job by Massimo Cellino.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell ClarkeBristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke

Appleton has led Oxford United to League Two promotion in 2015-16 but would still not be considered an inspired choice by many a Leeds United fan.

Firstly, he is a former Manchester United player and before Oxford he struggled to get his management career into first gear with the likes of Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers prior to his Kassam Stadium entrance.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans applauds the fans after the gameLeeds United manager Steve Evans applauds the fans after the game

Although, in fairness to the 40-year-old, neither of those three previous jobs were exactly under the most stable ownership.

Appleton would however remain something of a shock candidate if Leeds, as expected, do replace current boss Evans this summer.

Oxford United manager Michael AppletonOxford United manager Michael Appleton

Leeds are also said to be looking into Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke and Crotone manager Ivan Juric as potential replacements for Evans – whose contract with the club expires this summer.

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