Reading have told Leeds United that they do not intend to part company with academy manager Eamonn Dolan.

Dolan has been with the club for 10 years after leaving Exeter City to become manager of the academy, taking over from future Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.

Director of Football at the Royals Nick Hammond said they had no intention of parting company with Dolan and insists that any approach for the former Republic of Ireland international won't be welcomed.

He told Sky Sports: "Reading FC are aware of the interest of another Championship club in our academy manager Eamonn Dolan.

"Eamonn is an integral part of our club and is under contract to Reading Football Club. Eamonn has done an incredible job since taking over from Brendan Rodgers and we hope he will be a big part of our club for many years to come.

"He has a fantastic relationship with our manager Nigel Adkins and we do not welcome any approaches from any club for our key staff. We hope this is the end of the matter."

The original bookies favourite Gianluca Festa's odds are lengthening following the speculation that Massimo Cellino is reportedly looking for an British manager to replace Brian McDermott.

The news means that Festa's odds are lengthening, whilst odds on are British managers are tumbling.

Also in contention is Dave Hockaday whose only previous first team management experience came at Forest Green Rovers. Former Leeds player Gary McAllister is also in the running for the job following a brief spell with the club as a manager in 2008.

Cellino has told of his desire to get Leeds into the Premier League for the 2015/16 so would need to be promoted this season for this to become reality. 

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