This really has been a case of out of the frying pan into the fire. Just when we thought it was all going to be sunny and happy post-Bates.|
So just when it looked like Leeds fan, current MD of LUFC and employee of owners GFH Capital David Haigh's consortium was going to complete a takeover of the club, something apparently "came up" in due diligence, so they revised their offer, which GFHC have refused. Instead they're favouring an offer from Massimo Cellino, the owner of Cagliari, who has two convictions for fraud, is currently being investigated in Italy for embezzlement, and has sacked 36 managers in 20 years.
Cellino and Gianluca Festa, whom he intends to place in charge after sacking Brian McDermott for no good reason, were shown round the training ground on Monday. So McDermott and the players are being made to train under the watchful eye of a man who will be replacing him if all this goes through. Cellino asked that Festa be allowed to sit in the dugout during Tuesday's game, but that was declined. At least that goes some way to explaining why the team's gone to absolute shit this month. McDermott appears to be visibly having a breakdown, and I can't say I blame him.
So it's gone from "man who supports the club and has been personally bankrolling player signings since November is definitely buying in time for the January window" to "psychotic criminal who averages 2 managers a season looks to make a sacking before even making the purchase" in the space of 6 weeks.