Controversial Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino wants Jose Mourinho to ignore Manchester United’s calls and take over at Elland Road.
The Italian, who is already on to his sixth manager since arriving at Leeds in 2013, has spoken with Mourinho about taking the Whites from the Championship all the way to the Champions League.
That, according to Cellino, would be a clear sign Mourinho has “balls”.
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It sounds like the perfect Football Manager challenge.
Since being relegated from the Premier League in 2004, Leeds have played in League One.
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They won promotion to the Championship in 2010 but have been unable to return to England’s top division.
And Cellino thinks Mourinho is the man to return Leeds to the promise land.
“I told him, ‘If you had the balls, you should come and manage Leeds,” Cellino told the Telegraph. “Bring Leeds into the Premier League and then the Champions League. That’s balls.’ You want to play football – come with me to Leeds.
"Mourinho, like others, has to ask himself if he is still a coach. How do you find out? By going to Manchester United?”
Even if Mourinho was interested in the challenge, it’s unlikely he would be willing to work under an owner as trigger-happy as Cellino.
Elland Road has been a revolving door of managers since Cellino arrived from Cagliari three years ago - Steve Evans became his sixth hire when he was appointed manager last October.
Leeds fans have been quick to express their fury at the man who is turning their club into a laughing stock, staging a fake funeral at a recent home game and beaming anti-Cellino messages on the side of the near-40,000 capacity stadium.
And yet, according to Cellino, the club remains attractive to Champions League-winning managers.
The 59-year-old claims Carlo Ancelotti has been in touch about joining the club, even insisting he will sign a deal if the club is promoted to the Premier League.
From Bayern to Leeds?
“Ancelotti called me,” Cellino continued. “‘Massimo, bring the club into the Premier League and I come to you because the only place I miss and want to go back to is England’. For me a good coach still has to show he’s a good coach. Come here and show me.”
We’re not quite sure how much of Cellino’s comments we believe. Ancelotti leaving Bayern Munich to join Leeds sounds, quite frankly, barbaric.
But the owner lives in a barbaric world. At Cagliari, he went through 36 coaches in 22 years.
Quite why Evans would want to work for him, let alone Mourinho or Ancelotti, is anyone’s guess.