Friday 15 December 2017

Cellino poised to leave Leeds as Monk's future remains in doubt

Massimo Cellino has a 50% stake in Leeds United. Photo: Clint Hughes/Getty
Massimo Cellino has a 50% stake in Leeds United. Photo: Clint Hughes/Getty

John Percy

Massimo Cellino's stormy three-year reign at Leeds United is set to end as Andrea Radrizzani prepares to complete a full takeover.

Radrizzani is ready to buy the remaining 50pc stake from Cellino after Leeds' failure to secure a place in the Championship play-offs under manager Garry Monk.

The Italian TV rights mogul purchased half of the club in early January and it is understood an option to assume total control was dependent on Leeds not reaching the Premier League.

Leeds' 3-3 draw with Norwich on Saturday all but ended hopes of a top-six finish and it is now thought that Cellino will step aside, bringing the curtain down on a turbulent period. The option must be taken before the end of June but Radrizzani already appears to be building for the future.

Last week he appointed former Real Madrid director Ivan Bravo to the board; Angus Kinnear, who has worked at Arsenal and West Ham, is also poised to join.

Monk's future remains uncertain despite his achievements this season and a decision is likely later this month. The former Swansea manager had seemed certain to guide Leeds to a play-off place but a poor run of form towards the end of the campaign saw them fall short. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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