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

John Percy
Massimo Cellino's spell in charge of Championship club Leeds is to come to an end after the club failed to win promotion - Rex Features

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 50% stake from Cellino after Leeds' failure to secure a place in the Championship play-offs under manager Garry Monk.

Leeds' failure to beat Norwich ended their hopes of promotion Credit: Rex

The Italian TV rights mogul purchased half of the club in early January and Telegraph Sport understands 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 the club's 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 while Angus Kinnear, who has worked at Arsenal and West Ham, is also poised to join. 

Garry Monk's future as Leeds manager is uncertain Credit: ProSports/REX/Shutterstock

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.

Yet Monk has undoubtedly been the most impressive appointment during Cellino's three years at Elland Road and has the backing of the majority of supporters. Cellino sacked six managers before the arrival of Monk in June last year.

Massimo Cellino took over Leeds in 2014 Credit: Paul Cooper

Cellino's tenure has been eventful off the field too. He has received three bans from the Football Association during that time and was suspended from all activities for 18 months, and fined £250,000, for breaching rules over the sale of Ross McCormack to Fulham in 2014.

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