Gianluca Festa is set to be named as the new Head Coach of Leeds United according to the Mirror.
The Mirror is reporting that Festa is finally set to make his way into the Elland Road dugout following the departure of Brian McDermott on Friday Evening.
Leeds owner Massimo Cellino wanted to bring in Festa after sacking McDermott, 53, in January, but he was forced to re-instate the ex-Reading boss just 24 hours later following a mass protest by furious Leeds fans.
Cellino also wanted to put Festa in the dugout for the game against Ipswich Town the clubs next home fixture but that backfired when club officials refused him permission to enter the technical area.
But Cagliari-born Festa, who had two spells as a player at his hometown team and racked-up over 150 games for Boro, whose only previous managerial role was with Italian minnows Lumezzane now tops Cellino’s shortlist to replace McDermott which also includes ex Cardiff manager Malky Mackay, ex Norwich manager Chris Hughton and ex-Watford No2 Dave Hockaday.