After initial speculation about Carbone replacing McDermott as Leeds’ manager, it seems now that the ex-Sheffield Wednesday striker is set to become the new coach of their academy, according to the YEP.
The 42-year-old flew into England this week, making a visit to Thorp Arch, then returning again on Saturday which had fuelled the rumours about him replacing McDermott at Elland Road. However, it is now understood that Cellino intends on naming Carbone as the clubs Head of Youth Development as part of his plans to overhaul the youth structure, despite the under 18’s being reigning league champions.
This will probably mean that Neil Redfearn will now just be a development squad coach and first team coach, rather than running the junior and development squads as well.
After Redfearn took control of the youth squads in 2012, he has enjoyed great success which has seen a few players be promoted to the first team, notably Alex Mowatt and Sam Byram. Carbone will inherit a very talented group of players including a few youth internationals to continue, or even improve upon, Redfearn’s work.
Carbone has enjoyed success, in the most part, during his short management career in Italy’s lower leagues, previously with Pavia and Saint Christophe Valle D’Aosta, currently. His rise has not gone unnoticed with numerous job offers from clubs in Italy’s top two leagues and backing from Cesare Prandelli to become a top manager.
Although it now appears that Carbone is not going to replace McDermott in the short-term, it may be the long-term plan of Cellino to see Carbone to become the first-team manager.