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Cellino sacks Cagliari coach

The prospective owner of Leeds United, Massimo Cellino, has sacked the manager of his Italian club, Cagliari.

Massimo Cellino Credit: Press Association

Diego Lopez was fired after Sunday's 3-1 home defeat to Roma left the team seven points clear of the Serie A relegation zone.

Lopez, a former Cagliari player, had been in charge of the club for nine months, but his departure means that owner Massimo Cellino has gone through 36 coaching changes in 22 years.

The news comes with Cellino on the verge of a takeover of Leeds United after a successful appeal against a Football League ruling barring him from owning the club following a conviction for tax evasion.