Leeds United have appointed former Premier League star Benito Carbone in a consultancy role at the club, fuelling further speculation about the future of manager Brian McDermott.
Carbone, who had stints at Sheffield Wednesday, Bradford and Aston Villa during his playing career, has been appointed to report to the Leeds board on all first team and youth matters.
A brief club statement read: "The club are delighted to announce that Benito Carbone has joined the club in a consultant position and will deal with technical and football operations.
"The former Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday, Bradford City, Derby County and Middlesbrough midfielder will be involved with all football matters, including both the first team and the academy."
It is widely thought that new owner Massimo Cellino is bringing Carbone in as an eventual replacement for current manager Brian McDermott, who Cellino sacked and then reappointed earlier in the season.
He has since claimed that he no longer wants to get rid of McDermott, and has concentrated his efforts on turning the club's financial situation around, after the Italian suggested that running the club was costing 'well over a £100,000' on a daily basis.
He is believed to be planning staff cuts at Elland Road, and has closed the club's training facilities until the first team returns for pre-season training.