THERE’S NO LEEDS FAREWELL FOR CELLINO
MASSIMO Cellino may not be returning to Leeds in April, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be back at all.
Nowhere in the (now former) owner’s crazy, rambling statement do the words “never”, “goodbye” or anything of finality make an appearance.Yes, he has sold his stake, but who to? Not Red Bull, with whom he held talks in December. Not Russell Crowe, more’s the pity.
In all likelihood, it has been passed to either a patsy or someone who will sell it back on request. Don’t forget that two of his sons remain on the board.He’s hardly severed all ties.
Cellino clearly believes the Football League have overstepped their authority in barring him from owning Leeds due to a conviction for tax evasion in Italy. Whether he’s challenging that single decision or the legality of the entire owners’ and directors’ test remains to be seen, but one thing is clear: Cellino is preparing to take an almighty swing at the authorities and doesn’t want them holding up Leeds as a human shield.
Lose, and he’ll control the club from the shadows.Win (and the guy has very deep pockets to pay very good lawyers) and I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t make a triumphant return to the directors’ box.