By Keith Ingham
After a month of the last ball being kicked inside the 'Theatre of Hope' the fans are still no clearer in what will happen to Brian McDermott. In an interview given last week Massimo Cellino seemed to question why the manager of the club was absent from it. As it turns out he's visiting his sick mother, surely not a sin. This you would have thought would be Cellino's first job but it seems way down a very long list of things to do.
The Italian millionaire has still to show his closely guarded hand to the fans. His plans seem clouded in mystery but his presence is without doubt being felt around Elland Road. Seven players were not offered contracts when they run out in June, amongst them Paul Green, Danny Pugh, Michael Brown and Luke Varney. Several juniors were also shown the door as Massimo tries to trim a near twenty million (rumoured) wage bill. Of the players released I would have offered at least a year to Danny Pugh, but it seems his wage was far too much to oblige.
The new owner is still been seen in the right places, a York race meeting he was seen along with his entourage. The club fans that has seen more false dawns than most must hope that now we are eating from ordinary plates instead of gold to see something to encourage them to place faith in him and fork out of their pockets money for season tickets. It's not cheap to watch Leeds United, even though children under eleven can get in for sixty nine pounds but it's fair to say that it costs a parent in the region of five hundred pounds to accompany the child.
It was never going to be a quiet change of ownership, the new broom has clearly set on reorganising the entire club after GFH made it a way of increasing their companies bank balance. The very latest interview Cellino gave to Thom Kirwin on LUTV he stated that at least now everybody at Leeds is starting to move in the same direction. Whether the players respond in a positive way if he (Cellino) carries out his demands on wanting back at the now closed, for now the time being Thorpe Arch the manager and players before the months end, we will see in the coming months. They certainly should be fitter than last season.
It wouldn't be Leeds if it was simple as man takes over club spends money and improves it and does it quietly without any fuss!
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