Former Italy goalkeeper favourite to take Leeds United job

Former Italy goalkeeper Walter Zenga is clear favourite to take over as Leeds United Head Coach for the 2016/17 season, according to Sky Bet.

The 56-year-old is 4/6 to become the new boss, with current Head Coach Steve Evans out to 3/1.

The news comes a day after Leeds owner Massimo Cellino stated that he does not plan to keep Evans on as boss next season.

Zenga has plenty of managerial experience, both in Italy and elsewhere, and has managed a total of 15 clubs in an 18-year period.

His most recent club was Al-Shaab in the UAE, where his record was one win, one draw and eight losses in the ten games he was in charge before leaving.

He also has experience managing clubs such as Sampdoria, Palermo, Dinamo Bucuresti and New England Revolution amongst others.

Dougie Freedman is 6/1 in the betting for the job after being spotted in Leeds games in recent weeks. World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro is at 10/1, whilst former Derby boss Paul Clement and current Preston manager Simon Grayson are both priced at 16/1.

Evans is Cellino’s sixth manager at the club since taking over in 2014. Previously, Brian McDermott, David Hockaday, Darko Milanic, Neil Redfearn and Uwe Rosler have all been sacked by the Italian.

Evans was spotted watching Peterborough United’s 5-1 victory against Blackpool in their League One clash yesterday, the Posh job is one that Evans has been linked with in recent weeks following speculation about his Leeds future.


Evans’ final game as Leeds United boss should be the 1-1 away draw against Preston this weekend, where Chris Wood’s penalty was cancelled out by Hugill’s late strike.


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