Massimo Cellino has revealed he has asked Jose Mourinho to “show some balls” and become Leeds manager – and also claims Carlo Ancelotti has asked him about the job.
The controversial Leeds owner, speaking in an exclusive interview with the Daily Telegraph, says he has asked the Portuguese coach to prove his credentials by accepting the challenge of helping the club back into the Premier League.
“I told him, ‘If you had the balls, you should come and manage Leeds. Bring Leeds into the Premier League and then the Champions League. That’s balls.’ You want to play football – come with me to Leeds. Mourinho, like others, has to ask himself if he is still a coach. How do you find out? By going to Manchester United?”
While Mourinho is fully expected to take charge at Old Trafford this summer and would never likely give the Leeds job a second thought, Cellino does claim that one man who could one day take charge at Elland Road is former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach Ancelotti.
Although Bayern Munich-bound this summer, Cellino said of his fellow Italian: “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’. For me a good coach still has to show he’s a good coach. Come here and show me.”
Reports that Fabio Cannavaro, the former Italy World Cup-winning defender, is in line to replace Evans were dismissed by Cellino. “I’m 100 per cent not looking to appoint Cannavaro as manager,” he said. “There’s not one chance.”