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Leeds United look to Italy for replacement manager

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It looks set to be like the Italian Job to lead Leeds United back to the Premier League, with Gianluca Festa, Benito Carbone and Gianfranco Zola favourites for the Yorkshire hot seat.

Festa was allegedly ordered by prospective owner Massimo Cellino to go down to the dugouts with manager Brian McDermott, an order that was refused by club officials.

Three day later McDermott was controversially sacked with Festa the odds on favourite to become the next manager, but this decision angered fans and McDermott was reinstated.

Despite this debacle the Italian was still present at training acting as translator for new Leeds player Andrea Tabanelli.

Once again Festa is the odds on favourite to be the next manager of Leeds United. Another contender is the former Premier League winger Benito Carbone.

The Italian joined the club in May as a “Specialist consultant to the Board of Directors”, and will be involved in all aspects of football at the club.

Carbone is tipped to be one of the best young mangers in the game and has rejected offers in Italy to pursue a management career in England.

Gianfranco Zola has experience managing in the Championship, but in April denied any links that he was set to be the next man in charge at Elland Road.

Also in the running for the job is Claudio Ranieri who has been relieved of his duties as manager of Monaco.

The “tinker man” has mainly managed in Italy, but could not deliver trophies during his tenure at Chelsea and was replaced by Jose Mourinho.

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