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Zola distances himself from Leeds United speculation

Gianfranco Zola is not in line to replace Brian McDermott as Leeds manager should he lose his job, the former Chelsea player's agent claims.

Gianfranco Zola
Gianfranco Zola Credit: Press Association

McDermott's position at Elland Road has come under particular scrutiny this week since the takeover of the club by Massimo Cellino - the Italian who tried and failed to sack him on a crazy day back in January.

Cellino instructed McDermott via a third party that he had lost his job on January 31 as he prepared to exchange contracts for a 75% purchase with Leeds' now former owners Gulf Finance House Capital, only for McDermott to get his position back a day later when it emerged his sacking was not valid.

Fifty-seven-year-old Cellino has since been cleared to be Leeds' new owner after appealing the Football League's initial decision to turn him down after he was convicted of a tax offence. He awaits a final ratification from the League which he hopes will come on Thursday.

That has led to renewed speculation about McDermott's future, especially as Leeds have lost eight of their last nine matches.

There have been reports that Zola - who was convinced by Cellino to end his illustrious playing career with the agricultural entrepreneur's other club Cagliari - is in line to replace McDermott should he be removed either now or in the summer.

But his agent, Fulvio Marrucco, is adamant that Cellino will not be installing Zola, who resigned as Watford boss in December.

"The one thing I can tell you today is that Zola will not be Leeds' coach for next season."

Massimo Cellino looking to improve on this season's form

Massimo Cellino says he believes the club can improve on this season's league performance under his ownership next year.

The Italian completed his takeover yesterday and said that the club has been unlucky to fall away from the play-off positions after a good start to the season.

He would not comment on manager Brian McDermott's future though, saying only that he was a "nice guy".


Hull City react to FA rejection

Hull City say they will not react to the FA's rejection of the proposed name change, saying they are focused on the club's FA Cup Semi-Final on Sunday.

A statement on their website said:

"The Club will not be making any comment on the outcome of today's FA meeting.

"Our focus is on supporting Steve Bruce and the team ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup Semi-Final, our first in over 80 years.

"We look forward to seeing you all at Wembley."

FA reject Tigers' name change proposal

Assem Allam's request to change the club's name to Hull Tigers has been rejected by the FA.

The FA has rejected plans to change the club's name to Hull Tigers
The FA has rejected plans to change the club's name to Hull Tigers Credit: Press Association

A short statement on the FA's website said:

"The FA Council has today rejected Hull City’s application to change their playing name to Hull Tigers.

"The Council’s decision – carried by a 63.5% vote of its members – came after a recommendation from The FA’s Membership Committee.

"The Council, which is made up of representatives from across football, fully considered the recommendation and the subsequent responses received from Hull City in reaching its decision."

Click here to read the full statement


Captain Davies says name change is understandable

Hull City captain Curtis Davies says he can understand why the club's owners want to change the name to Hull Tigers because of the global market.

Hull City captain Curtis Davies
Hull City captain Curtis Davies

But, speaking in the build up to the club's FA Cup Semi-Final on Sunday, he says he's a football traditionalist and would like to see it remain Hull City FC.

"I'm sitting on the fence really, because I can see the arguments on both sides."

He said he believes fans will always refer to the club as Hull City even if the name is changed to Tigers, which is the club nickname anyway.

Massimo Cellino's first day as new Leeds United owner

The new owner of Leeds United, Massimo Cellino Credit: PA

Massimo Cellino has officially completed his takeover of Leeds, the Italian businessman's lawyers have confirmed. Cellino's company Eleonora Sport Limited has completed its purchase of 75 per cent of the club's shares and the 57-year-old has taken his place on the board of directors.

"Massimo Cellino has now been appointed a director of LUFC Holdings & ESL has completed its purchase of 75 per cent of the shares of LUFC Holdings," Cellino's legal representatives Mishcon de Reya tweeted.

Watch: Calendar's interview with Cellino in Watford last night

Read: Background to takeover

FA to vote on proposed Hull City name change

The FA to vote on the proposed name change of Hull City Credit: PA

The FA will today vote on plans by the owners of Hull City to change the club's name. Their membership committee has already voted against the move. But owner Assem Allam has recieved the backing of a narow majority of season-ticket holders to rebrand the club as the Hull Tigers.

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