By Keith Ingham
We were told on Thursday, or it was rumoured that finally Massimo Cellino would get to know if the keys to Elland Road would finally be in his possession. That was put back by a not named time after 'events' that had occurred during Thursday afternoon or the evening. This caused a lot a people to begin to think that the Football League would rather have the Devil himself at Leeds than the Italian billionaire.
Throughout Friday eyes were constantly looking at Twitter, well mine and my mate Jon's were anyway but no information was forthcoming and the uncertainty around Elland Road was growing by the hour. Earlier in the week Together Leeds, a group that GFH would not speak to due to them making a 'laughable' offer back in 2013. The talk was that a consortium which included Cellino and members of TL join and propose to join in the hope that it would try and hopefully win backing for the deal. It came out that under the deal that GFH had agreed Cellino could sell the club to whoever he wanted to if the QC supported the FL as he in fact now owned the club by the matter of the shares he now owned because of the incredible amount of money he'd already put in.
The Wigan game seemed to be secondary as Brian McDermotf talked up his still unpaid footballers chances at the DW. The match was lost 1-0, although the players put in a better shift it was still the fourth defeat in a row and only three wins since the wheels fell off before Christmas. As the dying minutes of the game were being played out the airwaves cracked with a rumour mentioned by BBC Radio Leeds commentator Adam Pope, in it he said the QC had upheld the Cellino appeal and he was to become the new owner of Leeds United FC, although he stressed it had not yet been confirmed. Within the hour or so the FL came out and ratified the rumour, even the Sun gave out the news that he had got the club.
Fans, on the whole seem to greet the Italian with open arms, the prospect of their club going 'tits up' had convinced them he was a lot better option than was presently owning and avoiding every question that was asked of them. Whether or not he does actually do what he said he will do we will wait and see but without doubt this will be a 'hands on' owner and a few of the over paid players currently doing not much might find an Italian shoe up their bottoms. He will not put up with the recent showings which after I viewed the Charlton game is a very good thing indeed. It is hoped that Mr McDermott is given a chance to finally manage the football side of the club without doing the 'men in suits' jobs. Ive said he should go before but I feel he deserves at least a period of stability before the well sharpened axe is indeed wielded.
Ciao Mr Cellino, welcome to the club with the best supporters in the land. It's going be a fun ride my brothers and sisters!.
" Insieme a Marciare "
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