By Alex Stevens

Leeds have opened talks with former Blackburn manager Steve Kean about their vacant manager position, according to a report.

Italian website Tuttomercatoweb claim the Yorkshire giants are in negotiations with the 48-year-old, who is currently managing Brunei DMM in the Singapore league.

This twist comes after Sky Sports reported on Wednesday morning that Leeds have opened discussions with ex-Swansea boss Garry Monk about succeeding Steve Evans, who was sacked on Tuesday night.

The club released a statement to confirm that the 53-year-old had become the sixth manager axed by Massimo Cellino in his two-year reign as owner.

Monk was immediately installed the strong odds-on favourite to be the new Leeds manager.

Kean led Brunei to the title last year in the 10-team S League to thrill the tiny sovereign state’s 400,000 population.

He is less well regarded in England, where his only spell in management in England came at Blackburn, which ended amid howls of protests from fans after he steered them from the Premier League to the Championship.

Evans has been given his marching orders even though Cellino admitted that the Scot had achieved the target he had been set when he was appointed last October of keeping the club in the Championship.

Leeds eventually finished 13th in the Championship, prompting Evans to declare his confidence in steering the club to a play-off spot next season.

However Cellino and his fellow board members want a different type of manager to the experienced Scot, who has steered Rotherham and Crawley to promotion during his career.

Leeds, who have been publicly snubbed by MK Dons manager Karl Robinson and Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke in the last week, also revealed that “the process to appoint a new head coach is underway and a further announcement will be made in due course”.

In other Leeds news, Newcastle are planning a summer raid of England’s most promising youngsters including the Whites’ most prized asset.