LEEDS ON ALERT AS CELLINO VOWS TO SELL UP

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

LONG-SUF­FER­ING fans at two of English’s foot­ball’s cri­sis clubs have ex­pe­ri­enced vastly dif­fer­ing for­tunes in the last cou­ple of days.

At Leeds United, there could be light at the end of the tun­nel af­ter chair­man Mas­simo Cellino, who has turned the club into a laugh­ing stock with his man­age­rial hire-and-fire style, agreed in prin­ci­ple to sell his share in the club to sup­port­ers’ group, Leeds Fans United.

The Ital­ian met with fans on Fri­day and told BBC Ra­dio Leeds:“100% I will sell to the fans, if they want to buy it and look af­ter the club.The fans are the only as­set the club has.

“I’m sad and em­bar­rassed. My dream was to do my best but I’ve achieved noth­ing and the re­sult is that the fans say ‘Mas­simo it’s time to go’.”

Leeds Fans United have con­firmed the news, say­ing: “Leeds Fans Utd has to­day reached agree­ment in prin­ci­ple with Mas­simo Cellino to pur­chase a ma­jor­ity stake in Leeds United Foot­ball Club.”

Cellino has lodged an ap­peal against a sec­ond Foot­ball League ban in 12 months, hav­ing failed its own­ers’ and di­rec­tors’ test last week fol­low­ing an­other tax con­vic­tion in Italy.

But while Leeds sup­port­ers can be­gin to think about a brighter fu­ture – if a deal can be done – the fu­ture doesn’t look as promis­ing for Black­pool sup­port­ers.

Owner Owen Oys­ton has ended talks with the Sup­port­ers’ Trust over a pos­si­ble takeover of the club. The Trust had launched a £16m bid for the Seasiders in July.

In a let­ter on the club’s web­site, Oys­ton said: “I be­lieve that if you were left to run the club it would go to the wall be­cause you do not have any money or the ex­pe­ri­ence nec­es­sary to sup­port the club in its mo­ment of need.

“It would be ir­re­spon­si­ble of me to sim­ply hand this over to you as it is clear to any in­de­pen­dent ob­server that you could not op­er­ate it suc­cess­fully.”

OF­FER: Mas­simo Cellino

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