No regrets whatsoever: Bristol Rovers' Darrell Clarke reflects on rejecting Leeds in 2016

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke  talks to the press prior to the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Bristol Rovers at Sixfields Stadium on October 1, 2016 in...

Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke has reflected on his decision to reject Leeds United.

Darrell Clarke, Manager of Bristol Rovers during the Sky Bet League One match between Bristol Rovers and Sheffield United at the Memorial Stadium on February 14, 2017 in Bristol, England.Darrell Clarke, Manager of Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke has told Sky Sports that he doesn't regret his decision to reject a move to Leeds United last summer, citing concerns over Massimo Cellino's reputation.

Back in 2016, Leeds decided that it was time to part ways with manager Steve Evans, and a whole host of names were linked with taking the vacant Elland Road post.

In the end, Massimo Cellino - who had become famous for disposing a whole host of managers at Leeds - plumped for ex-Swansea boss Garry Monk, who lasted almost a year in the job before moving on to join Middlesbrough.

Darrell Clarke, Manager of Bristol Rovers during the Emirates FA Cup Second Round match between Bristol Rovers and Barrow FC at the Memorial Stadium on December 4 2016 in Bristol England.Darrell Clarke

Thomas Christiansen is now in the Leeds hot seat, but one manager who was targeted after Evans' departure over a year ago has been discussing his decision to reject a move to West Yorkshire.

Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke had impressed in charge of non-league side Salisbury City before moving on to Bristol Rovers in March 2014, where he initially suffered relegation to non-league football.

However, the 39-year-old has rebuilt Bristol Rovers, winning two successive promotions before making the Pirates into an established League One club again this past season, and he earned major interest last summer.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke  talks to the press prior to the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Bristol Rovers at Sixfields Stadium on October 1, 2016 in...Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke

Leeds made their move to appoint Clarke as their new manager following Evans' exit, but he instead chose to pen a new contract at the Memorial Stadium, and he has taken the international break to reflect on the matter.

Clarke has told Sky Sports that he has no regrets about rejecting Leeds, noting that he didn't want to be a victim of Cellino's trigger-happy approach, and he would prefer to build something with Bristol Rovers than risk a short-term move in an unstable job for more money.

"I have no regrets whatsoever," said Clarke. "I don't fancy holidays. It might have filled my bank balance up but it is not what I am about. I want success. I want to make a difference. At Rovers, I am left to get on with it and that is why we have had success. They let me crack on," he added.

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