Massimo Cellino lines up this Leeds signing behind the back of Garry Monk - report
By Alex Stevens
Massimo Cellino is keen to bring Barnsley coach Tommy Wright back Leeds irrespective of whether Garry Monk wants him, according to a report.
The Sun claim that Cellino is prepared to go behind manager Monk’s back to land Wright, who began his playing career at Elland Road in the 1980s.
It is said that Wright, who signed a new 12-month deal in June to remain as Barnsley’s assistant manager, could be tempted by a move back to Leeds.
This could add to the strife behind the scenes at Leeds, with widespread reports in England and Italy over the last week claiming Cellino has been close to ending Monk’s short reign as manager.
However, the Yorkshire giants made it two wins in two games on Saturday afternoon as they beat Cardiff 2-0 away from home to follow up their 2-1 midweek win over Blackburn.
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Goals from Chris Wood and Pablo Hernandez at the Cardiff City Stadium increased the team’s points haul this season to 10 from eight games and lifted them to 15th in the Championship.
That win appears to have eased some pressure on manager Monk after a slow start to the season.
Wright, 50, started his playing career with Leeds back in the 1980s, scoring 28 goals in 92 games before moving on to Oldham, Leicester, Middlesbrough, Bradford, St. Johnstone, Livingston and Doncaster.
The Yorkshire Post claimed over the summer that Cellino was keen to appoint Wright as a No2 to a foreign manager, before he plumped for Monk as the new man in the dugout.
The former Swansea boss’s backroom team at Elland Road include assistant manager Pep Clotet and first-team coach James Beattie.
In other Leeds transfer news, a BBC journalist has revealed a hidden clause in the contract of this summer signing.