Brian McDermott leaves Leeds: Massimo Celino begins search for next Leeds United manager as he prepares to interview as many as 10 possible candidates

McDermott mutually agreed to leave the club on Friday night after 14 months in charge

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino will begin his search for a new manager this week and plans to interview as many as 10 candidates.

Former boss Brian McDermott, 53, parted company with the club by mutual consent on Friday night having spent just short of 14 months in charge. He signed a three-year contract when he replaced Neil Warnock in April 2013.

Cellino, 57, who completed a 75 per cent buy out of the club on April 7, has made it clear he wants to work with a first-team coach and not a 'manager'.

The Italian businessman appointed Benito Carbone as a consultant responsible for "technical and football operations" last month and has confirmed the former Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday and Bradford midfielder will not be replacing McDermott.

Former Chelsea midfielder and Watford manager Gianfranco Zola has been linked with the post but his agent, Fulvio Marrucco, told Press Association Sport in April that he will not be heading to Leeds.

Another Italian, Gianluca Festa, would appear to be high on the list of candidates. The former Middlesbrough defender appeared in line to succeed McDermott back in January when Cellino unsuccessfully tried to sack the former Reading manager.

Relatively unknown Dave Hockaday also emerged as one of the bookies' favourites for the job over the weekend.

The 56-year-old, who departed Forest Green Rovers by mutual consent in October last year, has previously worked as coach at Watford, Leicester and Southampton.

Hockaday refused to comment on the speculation when contacted by Press Association Sport.

Meanwhile Cellino, who has agreed to sell Italian Serie A club Cagliari to an unnamed American group fronted by Italian businessman Luca Silvestrone for a reported £69million, is scheduled to hold a meeting with Leeds' players and coaching staff on Monday.

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Latest in Sport
Sport
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific