Cellino ‘held talks with ex-Man U coach’ to run Leeds United

Massimo Cellino.
Massimo Cellino.
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Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen is reported to have confirmed an approach by Leeds United over the manager’s job.

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino is believed to have approached the former Fulham boss about taking over from Steve Evans at Elland Road - though the discussions may have taken place last year.

Meulensteen told media in his native Holland that he had held talks with Leeds but was unsure on whether to take the job. He told Elf Voetbal: “I have also spoken with Leeds United, but there is a lot of unrest.

“If I went there, it can be finished within a few months. Then my reputation breaks even further.”

Meulensteen, 51, had spells as manager of Brøndby in Denmark and Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia, as well as Fulham.

Less than three weeks ago, Evans’ position looked shaky after Leeds were hammered 4-0 by Brighton.

He failed to appear at the post-match press conference, while Cellino left the ground at the interval.

But the improvement in form since then has seen Evans talking about a play-offs bid and a renewed contract next year.