Pictured: Potential new senior Leeds arrival watches team in action
By Harvey Byrne
Potential new Leeds director of football Francesco Marroccu watched the Yorkshire club face Huddersfield on Saturday, pictures revealed.
Garry Monk’s side suffered a 1-0 loss against the Terriers after a strike from midfielder Aaron Mooy.
Yorkshire Evening Post photographer Jonathan Gawthorpe shared a picture of owner Massimo Cellino on his personal Twitter account accompanied with two other gentleman.
— 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
These pictures follow reports from the Mail that the Elland Road side are preparing to appoint Marroccu as their new director of football, with the Italian attending training at Thorp Arch every day and watching manager Garry Monk put the players through their paces.
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The sporting director role at Leeds has been vacant since Nicola Salerno departed the club a year ago.
However, Marroccu worked in the role at Cagliari while Cellino owned the Italian side and could be looking to reprise his job under the controversial owner at Elland Road.
The Italian sporting director left his job at Cagliari in 2015, joining Serie B side Ascoli, but he left that role after just one-year with his contract ending in June.
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% of the club in 2014 and during his stay in charge he has chopped and changed the management staff with Garry Monk becoming the seventh manager to take charge of the club during his two-year ownership.
In other Leeds transfer news, the Yorkshire side beat two rival clubs to the summer signing of Luke Ayling from Bristol City.