Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke is a target for Leeds.
Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke
Channel 5 pundit Adam Virgo has taken to Twitter to question whether Darrell Clarke should leave Bristol Rovers for Leeds United this summer.
Clarke, 38, was managing Salisbury City before becoming John Ward's assistant at Bristol Rovers in 2013, and after Ward was sacked in March 2014, Clarke took the reins - only to suffer relegation to fifth tier of English football.
However, the Pirates backed Clarke and gave him a chance to turn the club around, and he responded by not only leading Rovers to immediate promotion back to League Two, but also winning promotion to League One this term as well.
With back-to-back promotions on his CV, Clarke is one of the most highly-rated young managers in the Football League - and his exploits appear to have attracted huge interest.
Bristol Rovers confirmed on their official website earlier today that Leeds United have made an approach for Clarke as they seek a new manager, but Rovers suggest that Leeds are yet to meet their demands, meaning talks between Clarke and Leeds have yet to take place.
Now, former Rovers defender and current Channel 5 Football League pundit Adam Virgo has taken to Twitter to suggest that whilst Leeds are a 'massive club', he feels that it could be the wrong move for Clarke.
Was only inevitable that clubs would come calling for Darrell Clarke. Leeds is a massive club but think it could be a wrong move for Darrell— Adam Virgo (@Adamvirgs19) May 24, 2016
Virgo's doubts are no doubt a product of chairman Massimo Cellino's record with managers. The Italian went through 36 managers in 22 years at Cagliari, and has set about copying that record at Elland Road.
Cellino has so far sacked Brian McDermott, David Hockaday, Darko Milanic, Neil Redfearn and Uwe Rosler, and it seems that current boss Steve Evans will be the next to add to that list.
A young manager like Clarke will want a stable position, and he certainly has that at Bristol Rovers. Whether he would receive the same backing at Leeds remains to be seen, but Virgo is clearly concerned that Leeds isn't the right environment for Clarke, especially considering that fans are protesting against Cellino's reign. A big club they may be, but Clarke needs to be careful with what a role which has become the poisoned chalice of the Football League.
Do you think Clarke would be better off at Leeds or Bristol Rovers?