Duo’s decision regarding Leeds United underlines a harsh truth

Leeds United Chairman Massimo Cellino

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson and Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke recently turned down offers from Leeds United.

MK Dons Manager Karl Robinson

Leeds United are one of the biggest clubs of England, but in recent days two managers have turned down the chance to manage the first team.

According to The Yorkshire Evening Post, Milton Keynes Dons manager Karl Robinson was in talks with Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino, but the Englishman turned down the offer.

Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke was also approached by the Whites, but he, too, decided to stay put and actually signed a new deal with the Pirates.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke

MK Dons will play in League One next season and so will Rovers, and it is interesting that both Robinson and Clarke turned down the chance to manage a big club like Leeds in the Championship.

Managing an historic club like Leeds with a fanbase big enough to compete with a Premier League team is an honour, but it seems that the West Yorkshire outfit are not attractive even to those working in League One.

Have Leeds lost the attraction they had? Probably not. Perhaps it has more to do with Cellino being in charge of Leeds at the moment.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino watches from the stands

The Italian entrepreneur is known to hire and fire managers frequently, and maybe managers who are in secure jobs have realised that.

There is no point in working with the constant fear of getting sacked, and perhaps that is the reason why Robinson and Clarke have turned down the Leeds offer.

It is hard to see Cellino being able to tempt a high-profile manager who is already in a job. The Italian entrepreneur will have to look at someone who is without a managerial job at the moment or just stick with Steve Evans, whose current contract runs out at the end of next month.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch