Leeds United managerial contenders

  • Last Updated: August 28 2014, 20:07 BST

We look at some of the contenders to become the next Leeds United boss following David Hockaday's sacking on Thursday.

Rolando Maran: Favourite for the Leeds job
Rolando Maran: Favourite for the Leeds job

Leeds president Massimo Cellino has given up on his experiment with David Hockaday, sacking the former Forest Green coach after 70 days in charge.

It is not a reign to rival Brian Clough's 'damned' spell at the club, but the 56-year-old has been in charge for the same amount of games as Clough.

Cellino is known as the 'coach killer' in Italy and now has to look for a third Leeds boss since taking over the club in February. Here, we look at some possible candidates.

Gianluca Festa (12/1 Sky Bet)

Former Middlesbrough defender Festa is a long-time friend of Cellino and was the man who caused the president's initial rift with ex-boss Brian McDermott. Cellino wanted Festa to sit in the dugout alongside McDermott and, when McDermott was sacked for 24 hours in February, Festa was asked to pick a team to face Huddersfield. Not much has been seen of him since but he will be linked and, having overseen McDermott's training sessions, knows a lot of the players.

Gary McAllister (9/1)

A former Leeds captain and manager, McAllister was rumoured to be interested in the job when Hockaday got it in June. Asked about McAllister at Hockaday's unveiling, Cellino reacted with surprise when told the Scot was actually available and not working for a club as he thought. Was at Leeds' loss to Brighton on Tuesday and would be a popular appointment.

Neil Redfearn (12/1)

Redfearn is a lifelong Leeds fan who has earned favourable reviews in charge of the club's academy and has been their go-to man when it comes to caretaker managers over recent years. Has expressed his desire to stay away from the top job but Cellino is a big supporter of the former Barnsley captain and may make it hard for him to say no.

Rolando Maran (5/4)

Italian coach who initially impressed at Catania before being sacked last season. Leeds have a number of ex-Catania players on their books and 51-year-old Maran is already being linked with the job in Italy.

Ivo Pulga 

Appointed by Cellino as a little-known coach at Cagliari - to the derision Hockaday's appointment was greeted with - before swapping jobs with assistant David Lopez. Was then sacked but called back as head coach when Cellino removed Lopez, only to be fired again. Has a long history with Cellino and is likely to be mentioned.