By Alex Stevens
Francesco Marroccu has agreed to become the new Leeds director of football, according to a report.
Italian publication Isola 24 Sport claim that owner Massimo Cellino will appoint Marroccu to the key role heading the club’s recruitment.
It is said that the terms of the deal have been agreed and that Marroccu will be unveiled in the sporting director role that has been vacant since Nicola Salerno departed the club a year ago.
Given that Isola 24 Sport are based in ex-Cagliari owner Cellino’s native Sardinia, the report carries added weight.
The Mail claimed last weekend the Italian has been attending training at Thorp Arch every day and watching manager Garry Monk put the players through their paces.
Marroccu had been working in a similar recruitment capacity at Ascoli but left that role in June following the end of his contract.
He has previously worked under Leeds owner Cellino at Cagliari and was linked with Leeds last summer. Cellino has openly admitted plans to appoint another recruitment guru.
Yorkshire Evening Post photographer Jonathan Gawthorpe shared a picture of Cellino on his personal Twitter account accompanied with two other gentlemen at Leeds’ 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield last Saturday.
— Jonathan gawthorpe (@jgawthorpeYPN) September 10, 2016
Yorkshire Evening Post chief football writer Phil Hay revealed on Tuesday on his personal Twitter account that the man in the middle is Marroccu.
This is Marroccu in the middle (at the Huddersfield game)https://t.co/1DmnEu7wdZ
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) September 13, 2016
Isola 24 Sport report that Marroccu was also present at Elland Road on Tuesday night for the 2-1 win over Blackburn that seemingly eased the pressure on under-fire manager Garry Monk
Cellino’s Eleanora Sports last week took full control of Leeds by buying up the remaining shares held by Middle Eastern bank GFH Capital.
He took over 75 per cent of the club in 2014 and during his stay in charge he has chopped and changed the management staff with Monk becoming the seventh manager to take charge of the club during his two-and-half-year ownership.