Leeds United: terrace favourite – to manage club “a fairytale”

According to a report in the Yorkshire Evening Post (YEP), former Leeds United player, and terrace favourite, Vinne Jones has said that he’d love to manager the club at some point in the future.

The hard-as-nails midfielder, who signed for Leeds United from Wimbledon, came to Elland Road with a reputation for tenacity and fighting spirit and it was this that endeared him to the United faithful.

In speaking to the YEP Jones, who backed the signing on of Garry Monk as the new head coach at the club, admitted that he “would enjoy a crack at the job himself at some point.”

However, that “some point” will have to wait as the Hollywood star continues to forge a successful career on the silver screen with credits such as Gone in 60 Seconds and X-Men: The Last Stand to his name. However, down the line a little, the former Welsh international and Paul Gascoigne grabber, says that he would love to return to football.

Speaking of his accomplishments outside of film, such as writing two autobiographies, bringing out albums, winning the FA etc all pale and leave one “thing at the back of my mind that I have not done,” says Jones – being in charge of a football club.

On this note, there is only one place where Jones’ attention is turned – Elland Road. The former White said: “To be manager of Leeds would be a fairytale but the one thing that slipped my grasp was being a manager – you cannot do everything.

“I would have loved to be in charge of a football club. A lot of people tipped me when I was a player, that I would be a good manager – and we never found out.”

Whilst regretting that being a manager per se and manager of Leeds United specifically is in the realms of Disney at the moment, Jones does say that he is happy with the appoointment of Garry Monk to take over from Steve Evans calling it “a great step forward” and adding that, “I am sure the fans appreciate it.”

In a shot across the bows about how Leeds United is being run at the moment, Jones criticised the ownership model that Massimo Cellino has instigated saying, “Give the manager the reins and let them deal with the football stuff.

“Let chairmen deal with the finances. I am old school, let the dressing room deal with the football side of it.”

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