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Cellino Confirms No Leeds Coach Appointment Imminent

Massimo Cellino has confirmed to Adam Pope of BBC Radio Leeds that there is no appointment for the new head coach of Leeds United on the immediate horizon.

Cellino suggested that the appointment would not be forthcoming when he said that Neil Redfearn would be dealing with preparing the side for the Birmingham City match. Redfearn, who is in caretaker charge of the club, won his only game so far, beating Bolton 1-0.

Despite this, there has been consistent fluctuations in the betting for the new head coach at the Elland Road club, and there have been suggestions today that Steve Clarke was on the cusp of being put in charge of the side.

This, however, has turned out not to be true, and in fact, the extensive interest in the role seems to be hindering Cellino’s decision making. A spate of applicants has seemingly slowed down the choice, with Oscar Garcia, his preferred coach, having joined Watford.

Cellino dispensed with David Hockaday’s services after only a few months in charge.

FL CEO Shaun Harvey Comments On Leeds Ownership Situation

Former Leeds United CEO and current Football League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey has commented on the ownership of the club by Massimo Cellino, who initially failed the Football League’s own Owners and Directors Test, as reported by The Telegraph.

Harvey was commenting at the return of Coventry City to the Ricoh Arena, where they played tonight for the first time since negotiating a deal to return. Coventry won 1-0 against Gillingham.

When asked about Leeds, his former club, Harvey said: “Leeds fans at this moment in time think Cellino is an improvement on what they’ve seen previously.

“Ultimately all he has done is brought some financial stability to a situation, and signed 15 players. While fans may be wary, they are still there.’’

Harvey had been involved with the previous three regimes at Leeds before Cellino’s takeover. He joined the club as part of the Yorkshire consortium, which bought the club shortly before relegation. He then stayed at the club when Ken Bates took over the club, and took a key role in his management structure.

The CEO also took a role in the deal with Gulf Finance House, and maintained his place on the board under them, before leaving to take up his position at the Football League.

GFH left the club in a precarious financial situation, with rumours of administration swirling. Cellino’s takeover was ultimately granted on appeal, and the Italian has since run the club.