Thursday, 13th February, 2014

Massimo Cellino expects to receive the green light from the relevant authorities in England to take over Leeds United, but he will not serve as the club's chairman.

The owner of Italian club Cagliari has agreed to buy 75% of Leeds from the club's current owners GFH Capital, but needs approval from the Football League before he can formally take control.

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According to Italian outlet Isola 24 Sport, that green light could take as long as three weeks to arrive, though Cellino is hopeful it will be sooner and is confident it will be granted.

However, the Italian has already decided that he will not serve as Leeds' chairman.


Indeed, it is expected that current chairman Salah Nooruddin will be retained in the post by Cellino.

The future of manager Brian McDermott is less than clear though, as Cellino apparently had attempted to have the former Reading boss sacked on transfer deadline day.

Recent moves by McDermott however, including leaving winger Cameron Stewart out of a Championship clash on Tuesday in order to be able to call upon his services later in the campaign, hint that the manager is hopeful of staying on under Cellino.

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