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Sacking specialist Cellino ready to swing axe at Leeds

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino is ready to sack at least 70 members of staff at Elland Road to cut costs, a report in the Daily Star claims.

Massimo Cellino has a reputation in Italy for firing coaches and it looks like he is ready to begin a cull of staff at Leeds United to reduce operating costs and reduce debts, prompting questions over the future of manager Brian McDermott.

Sardinian entrepreneur Cellino completed a takeover deal to buy 75 percent of Leeds United from GFH Capital last month after successfully appealing a ruling from the Football League that he was unfit to take charge.

Cellino arrives at a club ridden with debts and has reportedly been handed a winding-up petition and the Daily Star believes he will lay off many staff who work at Elland Road and Leeds' Thorp Arch training facility in order to bring costs under control.

It is reported that Cellino intended to wait until the end of the Championship season before implementing a radical restructure.

The Daily Star reports that management, administrative staff and the general workforce at Leeds are all at risk and are waiting to find out if they will lose their jobs.

It remains unclear whether the purge will extend to manager Brian McDermott after a disappointing campaign that saw Leeds finish 15th, well short of the play-off zone.

The new owner has insisted that McDermott will get a fair chance at Leeds, but that seems at odds with the fact Cellino allegedly attempted to axe the ex-Reading manager before he even fully took charge.

It is believed that the two men are set for talks in the next few days to discuss the future direction of the club.

Cellino is used to making ruthless decisions when it comes to football and sackings have become his trademark at the Italian club he owns, Cagliari.

The fiery businessman has axed 36 coaches at Cagliari during his 22-year reign and reports in Italy suggest that he will also fire current boss Ivo Pulga once the season ends.

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