Mark Halmshaw was being playful, but it says something about the Italian owner's ability to attract a new coach.
Leeds owner Massimo Cellino
Leeds United are now officially on the look-out for a new manager after Steve Evans was relieved of his duties at the club.
Maverick owner Massimo Cellino is now gearing up to appoint the seventh man he will work with as Leeds United first-team coach – so it is a wonder who might want to work with the Italian.
Leeds United manager Steve Evans applauds the fans after the game
Even a manager of a team currently playing in the 11th tier of English football has now confirmed he would not take the Leeds job.
Mark Halmshaw has guided Beeston St Anthony’s to the treble this season – winning the West Riding FA County Challenge Cup, West Yorkshire League Cup and West Yorkshire Association Football League Premier Division title.
Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke
So it was put to him, with tongue firmly in cheek, by the Yorkshire Evening Post that he might be in line for the Leeds United job.
To which he replied:
“They’d get the same reply as they are probably getting – not interested. I’m happy where I am. It’s more secure where I am!”
Leeds have recently been linked with a heap of potential new gaffers. However, it has emerged that Bristol Rovers boss Darrel Clark and MK Dons supremo Karl Robinson both turned down the role whilst other linked names John Sheridan, Beppe Iachini and Ivan Juric have headed elsewhere.
MK Dons manager Karl Robinson
So it seems Cellino is struggling to find someone willing to work under his swift ruthlessness. Leeds United is undoubtedly a massive job, but considering the baggage that comes with that role, it is no surprise to see most people ruling themselves out of the role.