Leeds eye McPhee - confirm Ellis
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Newly-relegated Leeds are keen to reshape their squad on a shoestring as they take on the arduous task of bouncing back into The Premiership.
New manager Blackwell has confirmed the arrival of Ellis as his assistant, believing the tactician brings a wealth of experience at this level.
"I have known Sam for a long time and even played for him as a teenager," said Blackwell.
"He is well respected in the game because he has been working in the First Division for a number of years and has been instrumental in Burnley's rise through the leagues.
"He knows what is needed at both ends of the table, has good contacts and a great deal of knowledge and understanding of what is required."
Ellis spent six years as assistant to Stan Ternent at Burnley before the pair were told they would not have their contracts extended at Turf Moor.
The former Clarets man will go straight into aiding Blackwell's search for new players and McPhee is the latest player to be linked.
The Port Vale player is out of contract, but his age would mean any British club interested in signing the 23-year-old would have to pay a fee.
But with Portuguese side Beira Mar also targeting the player, Vale could lose the player for nothing after he notched 27 goals last season.
Leeds are also believed to be taking a keen interest in Everton goalkeeper Paul Gerrard and experienced midfielder Chris Bart-Williams.