Leeds United supremo Massimo Cellino is expected to appoint fellow Italian Francesco Marroccu as the club's new sporting director, something which casts doubt over whether he is preparing to sell the club.

Cellino has been linked with selling Leeds completely or parting with a majority shareholding, after he took 100 per cent control of the Whites, taking on GFH Capital's shareholding.

However, the chairman is showing no signs of pulling back on his time and effort at Elland Road and, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Marroccu is looking likely to be appointed as sporting director.

He sat alongside Cellino during Saturday's defeat to Huddersfield Town at Elland Road, cutting a less than impressed figure with what he was seeing unfold.

Marroccu has also been at Elland Road and the club's Thorp Arch training base over the last two weeks.


He has a close relationship with Cellino, have worked under the Leeds owner at Cagliari, and now seems set to repeat the trick in England.

Leeds have been without a sporting director since another Italian, Nicola Salerno, left his role at the club; Salerno headed to Premier League side Watford.

If Cellino appoints Marroccu, it may be seen as a further sign he is not about to depart Leeds just yet.