By Coral Barry
Chievo manager Rolando Maran could be targeted by Leeds to replace Steve Evans, Football Insider sources understand.
Evans is set to be fired by controversial Italian owner Massimo Cellino following a dressing-room mutiny.
Cellino has lost patience with the current Leeds boss and is on the verge of claiming his sixth managerial scalp since taking over ownership in 2014 after senior players urged the owner to sack Evans.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Cellino is set to turn towards his homeland in the search for a new manager with 52-year-old Maran top of his wishlist.
Maran has never worked outside Italy but has built a formidable reputation since reviving his career at Chievo after being sacked twice by Catania in just one season.
The Italian arrived at Chievo in November 2014 with the side struggling in the relegation zone, but managed to steer the club to safety, eventually finishing in 14th.
This season has been even better for Maran with Chievo soaring to their current ninth place in the table to end eliminate relegation fears.
Maran has been linked with Leeds in the past and was installed as the bookies favourite to succeed the sacked Dave Hockaday in 2014.
A move to England never materialised, but Maran made it clear at the time that he would have been interested in a switch to Leeds.
The former Catania manager told Tuttomercatoweb.com: “[There has been] No contact, but then this opens up a foreign option. As football has evolved, you must look at all the options.”
Cellino has had a history of dipping into his native country for players, but has so far resisted the temptation to source his coach from Serie A.
Evans seems to have been given a stay of execution until the end of the season, but only because Cellino is worried how the FA might react to a third managerial sacking in less than a year at Leeds.
Cellino has had a tense relationship with the Football League, who have twice stripped the Italian of his Leeds ownership.
In other Leeds news, the club are set to be beaten by arch-rivals Sheffield Wednesday to long-time striker target Kyle Lafferty.