Controversial Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino claims that former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti would be interested in taking the Elland Road hot-seat, as reported by The Telegraph.
The Leeds chief has developed a reputation of being a “coach eater” after going through 36 coaches in 22 years as owner of Italian club Cagliari and now six coaches in two years at Leeds.
And Cellino has revealed that Ancelotti would happily take the job in the future – but only under one condition.
He told The Telegraph: “Ancelotti called me. ‘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.’
“[I said] ‘For me a good coach still has to show he’s a good coach. Come here and show me.”
Cellino’s trigger happy reputation has angered a number of Leeds fans over the years, but the Italian has admitted that he finds it hard to work with English coaches and has explained what he looks for in a coach.
“If we lose but we tried to win I’m happy,” he said.
“We lose and we tried to draw – fired. That is Massimo Cellino. I cannot work with English managers – they want to control everything.
“Not everyone is Sir Alex Ferguson. All the other managers want to act like Ferguson but they don’t have the skills so they cause damage.”
Current Leeds boss Steve Evans’ contract expires at the end of June, and Cellino has hinted that it is unlikely to be renewed.
“He [Evans] talks too much,” he claimed.
“He has to learn to shut his mouth. I’ve told him so many times to stop, you have no idea. But he doesn’t.”
Leeds are currently 12th in the Championship table with four games of the campaign remaining.