Leeds United's threat of legal action prompted the removal of the 'Cellino Out' poster outside the East Stand. It's comforting to know that although the club remains stuck in mild table, the lawyers that have been employed since the Italian arrived have made enough money from the club to keep the wolf from the door.
Just shows mind you that their actions provided more coverage of the placard because of the club's reaction, ignoring it I guess was never a option.
Neil Warnock took the Rotherham United job, whatever happened to the comment that "Leeds is my last job". Once a ARSE always one I suppose.
Youngster and probably the longest name ever to go on a Leeds United goalkeepers shirt Bailey Peacock-Farrell is going to be offered a new contract to ward off interest from other teams. The impressive youngster, although yet to start a Championship game is nearing the end of his current one year deal.
No game for Leeds due to it being moved by Sky, it is hoped that the hundreds of Scandinavians and Irish fans find something to do in Leeds as they had pre-booked travel and accommodation before the fixture was rearranged.
It is scandalous that fans like these are not considered when fixture changes are made, some of the fans will have an extended stay so they can see the game.
Billy Paynter scored a goal for Hartlepool United in their 2-1 victory over Yeovil, you know the man who couldn't hit a cows backside with a banjo when he played for Leeds?
Not much love in the air on Valentine's Day when it comes to relations between a section of fans, the FL and Cellino.
The organisers of the 'poster' may well show their disenchantment of the Italians regime with some kind of protest at the televised game versus Middlesborough on Monday. This story I feel has a long way to go.
Massimo Cellino is allegedly suing the Football League over the TV rights that bring in over £100 million to League. The Italian would like a bigger say in negotiating Leeds' 'piece of the cake'. It has to be said that he has a point considering the amount of times the club is broadcasted by Sky so far this season, the next being Middlesborough tomorrow evening The club later denied this in a press statement.
It was widely mentioned in the media that Leeds were forced to play the said game (Boro) due to a legal injunction to make sure that Sky were allowed to televise the fixture on the date that was rearranged for, there was no confirmation from the FL that this was the case. The lack of information forthcoming from them about the club is strange.
Leeds v Middlesborough
Head Coach Steve Evans kept the same eleven that started last time out versus a team we usually do well against at Elland Road. The sign projected on the East Stand showed that the protests against Cellino are far from over.
Leeds were impressive in the first half and were unlucky not to be ahead at the break, De Leat's goal bound effort nearly giving the lead to the home side.
The second half brought chances for both teams, Rhodes and Stuani missing for Boro whilst Doukara was denied by two splendid saves by Dimi.
The difference between the Forest game and this was remarkable and if Leeds had a little luck they would have won.
For me 'Dave' had a impressive game in front of the back four and Doukara was a constant danger up front.
Much better Leeds!
It was revealed post game that Leeds declined a compromise offer from the FL to play the game at Saturday lunchtime, the offer was made before the meeting held last week. A response from Cellino needs to be forthcoming but it probably won't!
More details of the FL meeting last Thursday emerged via Phil Hay at the YEP, in the leaked memo was the information that Leeds knew about the fixture change on December 10th and the offer to change it to a Saturday lunch kickoff was rejected.
This forced the FL to get a temporary injunction against the club because if Sky weren't given the right to televise the game, they had grounds to terminate the lucrative £100million contract.
Leeds bid to curtain the TV deal collectively was stopped on January 28th. Although Cellino and Leeds may have a point due to the sheer number of times the club are on Sky. The way the broadcasters go about doing it smacks of a total amateurism or a spoilt child not getting his own way.
Evans was very happy how the team performed in his post match interview and rightly said 'the best save of the season' kept Leeds from claiming a win. Dimi took many plaudits for his display, but Leeds midfielder Toumani Diagouraga was named Sky's man of the match.
Neil Redfearn's radio interview will have done nothing to boost the popularity of Cellino, his interfering in team lineups and players being dropped are though no surprise, to me anyway. Well done Redders for being so honest about your time at the club, we still miss you.
Steve Evans indicated that from the outset of his Leeds tenure he never thought promotion was an achievable goal, but forgot to mention that around the transfer window though didn't he?
Neil Redfearn claimed that four players were contacted before he was unceremoniously sacked as Head Coach; Joey Barton, Jason Shackell, Matt Phillips and Charlie Adams were said to be interested in joining Leeds before Cellino decided against continuing with the services of the popular former Academy boss.
Lewis Coyle may be in line for a starting place on Saturday after impressing in some of the Development Squad fixtures and in the third round vs Rotherham United.
Joey Barton tried to clear up some confusion that a radio interview brought to the masses attention. Although he said he would have been interested in joining Leeds if the situation off the field was less chaotic, he or any of the people connected to him were not contacted about a move to Leeds. Confused? we usually are.
A shop in the vicinity of the Theatre of eternal hope has been denied a twenty four hour licence to sell alcoholic beverages, I know injury time can lengthen games but this is ridiculous!
Evans seemed very upbeat when talking of Leeds' chances of causing a cup upset at Watford in his weekly press conference staring; "it's a tie we can win" adding that Leeds would have to play and defend exceptionally.
Peter Lorimer's comments in his weekly column did little to placate the theories that his nose and tongue are stuck up whoever is in charge of the club's backside.
It's a shame he's given the opportunity to be such a 'brown nose' so regularly and that his legacy as a great player is now tarnished due to comments such as these.
By Keith Ingham
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