The Leeds United soap opera is something that we are all accustomed too, chaotic owners, an embarrassing football team and a managerial merry-go-round, this season, however, has seen all three of these things bought to the forefront in an overwhelming fashion and has ripped apart our fan base like nothing I can remember.
Firmly, for myself, and an ever-growing number of Leeds fans are well and truly awakening to where the blame belongs and that is firmly at the door of our “President” Massimo Cellino. Firstly, let’s roll back to the January transfer deadline day of 2014. A deal had been agreed for Cellino to take over pending a football league fit and proper persons test, which he subsequently failed. He fired our manager, which he had absolutely no right to do as he wasn’t in charge of the club at the time, tried to bring in players which also failed as he had no right to do. Started off on the wrong foot and is still doing whatever he likes, and nothing in the best interest of the club.
Fast forward to the end of the season, Brian McDermott was dismissed from his position, which in all fairness wasn’t the worst decision he made, we needed a change we all know that, but what a change we got.. We went from a manager who had Premier League experience, took his Reading team to the Championship title and was harshly sacked by Reading and we moved onto Forest Green’s failed coach and our new “head coach” Dave Hockaday.. Absolute embarrassing decision that failed spectacularly. In this whirlwind of this appointment we had Cellino signing players for the team, and the majority of those have turned out to be absolutely shocking. Poor signings that can’t cut it in this league. Serie B is light-years behind the championship let alone Serie A, but it could be worse, there were people saying this was our best squad for years! Hockaday was clearly saying, just like all his successors and a few of our senior players that Cellino is having an input into the match day squad, something which is showing with the team selections and the constant picking of certain players. Moving onto Hockaday being fired, he was replaced by academy coach Neil Redfearn who somehow managed to turn things round unbelievably and picked up 10 points from 12, so obviously he was replaced by Darko Milanic, another decision that had a massive impact, and one that myself and many Leeds fans believe that completely destroyed our season. After he had a torrid time and put us all through negative football, our intrepid leader put Redfearn back into the dugout, like he should have done before. Now, this is where it all starts to get too much for the club and where the off field madness is clearly affecting the players..
Cellino, has been told to stand down from the board and has appealed this decision with his case coming up soon, and the team in a shocking run of form you would expect our President to be leading form the front, pulling everything together working on new signings and helping Redfearn get his targets over the line. Clearly, being in Miami with the man-child brothers is far more important. Being with your family at Christmas, is something we can all understand, being away until January 10th.. Not acceptable when you run a football club that is in dire straights. But, of course all the minions are out there saying it’s the 21st century, of course he is in touch with Redfearn. Nope. It was confirmed today, by Redfearn himself that they are still yet to speak! I can’t understand how people are still standing by the man. He failed his first fit and proper persons test, NOT just for the yacht saga that is currently plaguing him but the man was convicted of fraud in 1996 for the small sum of £7.5 million, in 2001 he was again in trouble for false accounting at Cagliari and finally in 2013 he was arrested, for a still unresolved case of fraud and embezzlement relating to the building of the new Cagliari stadium.
We really need to move on from all these cowboys that end up in charge of our club, it’s not doing us any good at all and is causing us serious damage. This month is going to be extremely testing for the football club, with Cellino’s appeal, Bellusci’s race charge case and a tough run of fixtures and the team currently looking down the barrel of the league 1 gun. Before people jump in to giving me stick for this, it’s time for the people who haven’t researched Cellino to do so, this is just the beginning and it’s not going to ease up anytime soon.