Prospective Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has sacked the 36th manager in his 22-year reign at Italian club Cagliari - so what does the future hold for Cagilari and also Leeds United?
Cellino, who recently won his appeal to takeover the English Championship club, fired Diego Lopez on Sunday. Cagliari who are seven points clear of the Serie A relegation zone after a 3-1 home defeat by second-placed Roma.
"This decision is extremely painful as Lopez has always presented himself as a professional man, " the club said. "But the change was necessary to give this team better direction until the end of the season, in order to meet the objective of survival."
Under 39-year-old former captain Lopez, Cagliari have lost four of the their last five Serie A matches, winning just three in 15 since early December. The ex-Uruguay defender, who was promoted from assistant coach at the start of the season, spent 12 years playing for the Sardinia club, making almost 350 league appearances before retiring in 2010.
Italian businessman Cellino, 57, is set to complete his takeover of Leeds after an independent QC overturned the Football League's decision to block the move. He still owns Cagliari but is reported to be trying to sell the club.
As an indicator, is the future that could hold for Leeds United, as themselves have been through eleven managers since being relegated from the Premiership in 2004, while it has to be noted six of them were permanent managers, could Cellino potentially run Leeds like this, just if results do not go his way. While it's hard to say at the moment, but Leeds fans will have that in their mind after seeing what happened at Cagliari at the weekend.
What does not help either is the amount of names swirling around that potentially are lined up for the job if Cellino does get the club, this is what is potentially unsettling the team and manager but time will tell of course, with only six games remaining Leeds will want this season to end as quickly as possible.
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