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Leeds want Monk to replace Evans as manager

Monk is not thought to be one of those Cellino met while Evans was in place. Credit: PA

Former Swansea manager Garry Monk appears to be the man Leeds want to replace Steve Evans.

United announced Evans' protracted departure on Tuesday night, saying they wanted to go in a different direction to the Scot who had claimed he would be given a new deal beyond the end of this month if he kept the club in the Championship.

That contract was not forthcoming, though, and after a three-week wait to learn his fate - a time during which owner Massimo Cellino interviewed other people for his role - he was let go.

Monk is not thought to be one of those Cellino met while Evans was in place - MK Dons' Karl Robinson was one while an approach was made for Bristol Rovers' Darrell Clarke - but he now looks to be the front-runner, with some reports suggesting talks have begun.

Press Association Sport understands Monk is the leading candidate Cellino is now focussing on to replace Evans, with the 37-year-old out of work since leaving Swansea in December last year.


Leeds fans plan to march in protest against Cellino

Fans plan to march in protest against club owner Massimo Cellino. Credit: PA

Leeds fans plan to march in protest against club owner Massimo Cellino through city centre streets before Saturday's home Sky Bet Championship game against Reading.

Fans' group Time To Go Massimo will join other supporters opposed to the Italian's ownership of the club at Leeds City Square before embarking on a march to Elland Road.

"Time To Go Massimo will be marching with fellow fans in protest against the toxic regime that is currently occupying the Leeds United that we hold so dearly to our hearts," the group said in a statement.

"Our march route will take us from City Square and will cover 2.2 miles of ground through Leeds city centre and Holbeck, before we reach the East Stand of Elland Road to tell Mr Cellino to end the farce of his ownership."

The group has placed an advertisement in the sports section of Saturday's Yorkshire Evening Post to promote the march and said it has advertised extensively on social media.

"The protest march has the full support of West Yorkshire Police, who will be there chaperoning the march in its entirety," the group said.

Leeds director charged by FA for Facebook comments

Edoardo Cellino has been charged by the Football Association. Credit: PA

Leeds director Edoardo Cellino has been charged by the Football Association for comments he made on social media.

The son of controversial Leeds owner Massimo Cellino reportedly became involved in an abusive row with a fan on Facebook.

The FA said Edoardo Cellino's charge includes an "aggravated breach" as his comments included a reference to disability.

"It is alleged the comments were abusive and/or insulting and/or improper in contravention of rule E3(1)," an FA statement read.

"It is further alleged that this breach of rule E3(1) is an 'aggravated breach' as defined in rule E3(2), as it includes a reference to disability."

Edoardo Cellino, who later apologised for his comments, has until Monday to respond to the charges.

Three people and three dogs dead after fire in Leeds

Two women, a man and three Rottweiler dogs were found dead in a house in Leeds following a small fire.

Three bodies were found at the house in East Park Street in Leeds. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe / PA Wire/PA Images

Officers were called to the terraced property in East Park Street, Leeds, shortly before midday after a relative of one of the occupants raised the alarm.

Police and fire crews found the bodies of two women aged in their 20s or 30s, who were thought to be in a relationship, in the living room.

The body of a male friend or lodger, aged around 18, was found in the kitchen.

It is not believed that there was any sign of violence and officers are understood to be working on the theory that the cause of death was smoke inhalation.

The fire had burnt itself out before the emergency services arrived and it was thought the people may have died in the early hours of Saturday.

Forensic post-mortem examinations will be carried out to determine the cause of death.

The bodies have yet to be formally identified.


Man held after sex attack on eight-year-old girl in Greggs

A man has been arrested over a sex attack on an eight-year-old girl in a Greggs bakery shop.

The eight-year-old girl was attacked at a Greggs bakery shop in Leeds. Credit: Rui Vieira / PA Wire/PA Images

The 34-year-old from Bradford was detained on suspicion of sexual assault and later bailed, West Yorkshire Police said.

The attack happened shortly after 3.30pm on Friday February 12 when the girl was waiting with her younger brother in the seating area of Greggs, on The Headrow, in Leeds, while her mother paid at the counter.

A 34-year-old man from the Bradford area has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who shared our appeal for information, and for the public's support in this matter.

– Chief Inspector Mark Griffin

Police said the incident had been "distressing" for the victim and her family.

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