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del fabro is leeds united signing 14; manager 26 wants to be manager 30

del fabro is leeds united signing 14; manager 26 wants to be manager 30


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Leeds have completed the loan signing of Cagliari defender Dario Del Fabro, the fourteenth new player at the club this summer.

Phil Hay of the YEP is also reporting that former manager Simon Grayson wants to come back to Elland Road from Preston North End.

Grayson would find Leeds much changed from the time he spent as United 26th manager; in fact, he’d find much changed from three months ago. Del Fabro is not even expected to be the last addition to a much changed squad, with a deal still in the works for forward Brian Montenegro.

If Montenegro signs from Paraguayan club Nacional tomorrow it would take United’s signing rate to a player a day in the last three days of the transfer window, after Adryan was confirmed yesterday.

Dario Del Fabro adds to Leeds’ central defensive options, although like fellow summer signing Zan Benedicic he lacks experience of senior football and might not be ready to make an instant impact; although he has 19 appearances for Italy at youth level, he has played only six first team games in his career so far.

Grayson’s interest in taking the Leeds job is not apparently matched by any interest from Massimo Cellino in giving it to him, but as his shortening odds were noticed on various betting websites Phil Hay said he’d been told that Grayson has put his name forward:

On Grayson, was told yesterday that Grayson’s people have indicated to Cellino that he’d want the Leeds job. But Cellino wants someone else

— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 31, 2014

Grayson has already proved once in his career that the adage you should never go back isn’t always correct; his first period at Leeds was in the same junior sides as Gary Speed and David Batty, and when he returned as manager he successfully led Leeds out of League One.

As well as deep experience with Leeds United, Grayson also has deep experience with, let’s say, problematic club owners, having endured under Ken Bates for longer than most and worked with Peter Ridsdale at Preston.

Preston are currently 7th in League One, and missed out on promotion through the play-offs last season, losing in the semi-finals to Rotherham after finishing 5th in the league.