There are only a handful of things in life that are certain; death, taxes and Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino firing a manager.
The Italian, who has the rather unfortunate, if somewhat fitting, nickname ‘Il mangia allentori’ – the manager eater – has claimed another victim in Uwe Rosler.
The now-former Leeds manager was relieved of his duties after just 12 games in charge at Elland Road following the defeat against league leaders Brighton at the weekend, which left the club without a home win all season.
Cellino has of course explained his decision with about as much sense as you'd expect from a man who once tried to build an entire temporary stadium for Cagliari on the outskirts of town."I wanted the team to play heavy rock-football, but instead it was like country music," he said. Right.
Rotherham's Steve Evans, a manager with as colourful a past as his soon-to-be employer, is favourite to replace Rosler. However he's runinng the risk of merely being the latest man in the firing line for Cellino.
Why is that? Well, the Italian business man has now had 42 managers during his time in charge of Cagliari and Leeds. He fired an impressive 36 during his time in Italy at a rate of about 1.6 every year, while at Leeds he is about to name his sixth manager, with Rosler the fifth to get the axe at Elland Road.
Evans has some pretty illustrious footsteps to follow in; Gianfranco Zola, Claudio Ranieri and Zdeněk Zeman all tried and failed to live up to Cellino's expectations.
As it stands Neil Redfearn has the dubious honour of being the longest-serving Leeds boss under Cellino. He lasted a frankly impressive six months before being told that he was no longer required.
So far, in the year since the Italian took over, Leeds' managers have lasted on average just 13 games - a totaly that Rosler sadly fell just short of.
Still, stability and consistency are on the horizon now that Evans is bound for Elland Road, right? Oh wait, right:
That seems to sum it all up rather nicely.
Can you name anyone that would be a WORSE owner of Leeds than Massimo Cellino? Piers Morgan? Sir Alex Ferguson?
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