Reading Reject Dolan Interest

Michael Regan

The next manager of Leeds, replacing Brian McDermott, could be Reading Academy Chief Eamonn Dolan, according to reports but Reading have responded by issuing a strongly worded warning that they aren't interested in listening to offers.

The ex-Exeter City manager, who joined Reading from the then-Conference side in 2003, is currently massive odds on favourite to be named the next manager of our Championship rivals Leeds.

Dolan can be found as low as 1/16, with other candidates Garry McAllister at 12/1 along with Forest Green coach Dave Hockaday. So far both GetReading and the Yorkshire Evening Post have reported on the current tight-lipped guise of The Royals on the subject. Both papers have quoted Leeds new owner Massimo Cellino's desire for a British manager, and Dolan would be a shock choice, who is also Irish. Cellino reportedly met his 3 favoured candidates on the weekend.

It would be a real blow for Reading, too, Dolan has overseen the rapid rise of the Reading Academy in recent years. Players such as Gylfi Siggurdson, Alex Pearce, Jem Karacan, and many more have passed through his stewardship, and the U18 side just last season reached the Youth Cup semi-finals for the first time. In addition, the academy won the U21 Premier League Cup, and U14 Nike Cup, leading Dolan to describe the 'fantastic spirit' of the club's academy.

It is hard to tell if Leeds fans will be happy with the appointment, but current rumours indicate that the chances of Leeds fans ever being happy is equivalent to that of Honduras winning the World Cup.

Reading responded to the speculation by issuing a statement saying they were aware of the interest but had no intentions of letting Dolan leave, and said they didn't welcome interest in the former Exeter boss.

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