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CSI Elland Road

In a week that started with more Tuesday night humiliation who could have predicted the way it would play out by Friday evening. Following his successful purchase of Leeds United, Massimo Cellino celebrated in the way most Yorkshire folk do, by hitting the local for a pint or two.

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In an alternative look at this weeks events we start at The Old Peacock. Massimo Cellino has just secured his purchase of Leeds United and in the process posed for a photo or two with some fans. Massimo quipped in a somewhat believable Yorkshire/Italian accent that “he was-a extremely excited, hey hey, a, bellisimo pleased to be-a in charge of ze greatest team in a England” he followed this by saying “hey up love, I’ll av another pint of 1919”

David “Devil” Haigh hits the local news by stating his intent to join Massimo as his Chief of stationery ordering, it’s at this point nobody questions his purchase of security equipment via his Staples online account. This turns out to come back and haunt him as the week draws to an end. David is politely told by Massimo to “join the devil and burn in hell” it’s still not clear who he means as last week Haigh was referred to as the devil by Massimo.

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The Square Ball threw their opinions out into the open and the most creative cover seen in a long time confirmed what we’d all feared. Poor old Brian has been controlled by Haigh, Patel and Narooooodin. Sadly for us it’s become apparent that despite the harmony we were led to believe, Brian has been pulled in all directions. It’s still a mystery as to who controlled his hand that threw his little notepad in the dug out. The said notepad was last seen in the Vicarage Road turf as Wootton and Lees gave Watford a 3rd goal.

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Friday saw the most bizarre twist yet as Cellino opened up an Order Confirmation addressed to the Chief of Stationery ordering. Nobody knows the exact date of this document but it confirmed the purchase of some not so discreet security cameras. Some think it could date back to the purchase of Gold Fish in the Quidsdale days, however if this is the case then he negotiated some pretty damn good repayment terms which makes it highly unlikely, ruling him out.

Once Massimo called in the CSI Leeds crime lab to carry out a thorough sweep of Elland Road, Haigh quickly departed grasping his belongings including the shiny Leeds scarf he wore for his photos at the club. Now whilst the timing of his resignation is purely coincidental the further discovery of cameras in the toilets has done little to help his defense.

Fin

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DarcyB

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Cellino finally takes control at Leeds United

As I sat in the pub convincing myself that the tip I had for the Grand National would come good, something better happened. Rewind back a couple of hours and Leeds United were extremely unlucky going down to another defeat at Wigan. A Jack Butland mistake was the difference between a side firmly in the play offs and a Leeds side playing for the Summer.

Now going back to the better thing that happened, the news broke that Massimo Cellino had won his appeal against the football league. I had to pinch myself at first, not because of the news but because of the timing of it. For once it couldn’t have happened at a better time, as the players were left to think through another defeat, a lift of positive proportions was presented to the club.

I am still a little bit uncertain as to what this will bring but I do now know that anything can be expected. One of the first thoughts in my head was about our manager, how long will he last? The interview that hit social media last week was pretty damning but frankly honest. It is safe to say that those fans who hounded Cellino away from Elland Road on the night of the January transfer window ending are the same ones phoning McDermott and giving him abuse.

I have always sat on the side of the team and where sometimes I’ve expressed my disappointment, I’ve always understood the reasons as to why we are in this situation. The manager is the right person to lead Leeds United forward, it just seems that we need to see what Cellino wants. He was quoted as saying he wants a coach, not a manager, let’s see if this is still the case once he settles in at Elland Road.

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One of the other questions on people’s lips is will Cellino still team up with Farnam and his Together Leeds consortium? I’m not too sure about this one, part of me thinks that now he is in control, he doesn’t need to go off course to his own plans. This guy is a self made multi millionaire who likes to make his own decisions. The one fact that remains is that we suddenly have the financial clout to compete.

So as we head into the new week we will see the way that things go. One thing for certain is David Haigh will still be at Elland Road. Personally I think he has been very true and loyal to the club, through these hard times he has still been there to face it front on. I think his role is important as we look to move onwards into the new dawn.

Let’s enjoy this news for what it is and hope we finally get to see some positive changes that we all crave. I’m excited to be at Vicarage Road on Tuesday night to see the first game under our new owners. Oh going back to the Grand National, my horse didn’t even finish, let alone win.
DarcyB
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From Miami with Love… (Via Cagliari, destination Leeds)

Heading into the final few hours of GFH’s deadline to the Football League, we are still none the wiser as to what Harvey is playing at. For those remaining positive, Cellino will have his horse released from the impound and allowed to ride through the once barricaded gates of Elland Road. For those hell bent that the Football League are drawing things out just to rile us all further before denying us salvation, well, ummmm it’s not looking great, we’ve been there before.

So what is going on behind the scenes of the Football League tonight? If there’s one thing that many of us don’t need reminding of, it’s never simple at Leeds United. It’s as if the rule book for all 72 Football League clubs has a separate subsection for our club. For those young enough to vaguely understand who Ken Bates is, I envy you! So why is this hold up happening, especially with Shaun Harvey on board in the Football League?

It seems to stem from one main issue, is this a Legal Case or is it in fact a Civil Case? Now in law the difference is quite clear, however because Leeds United are involved in the equation, it’s not. Not even Rachel Riley could work this out within 30 seconds, the Football League mind you seem to be nearing on 60 days with still no answer. It’s simply unacceptable and embarrassing with a hint of to be expected and dash of typical Leeds luck.

In my opinion and I always tread on the side of caution when expressing this, GFH have publicly stated what the majority of us fans have been asking amongst ourselves. Why has it taken so long and how on earth are we supposed to move onwards with such a large cloud of uncertainty unfairly hovering over our potential owner? To be fair to Cellino he has just let this carry on. He has been complimentary to the Football League and their high standards in conducting this investigation.

The real danger now is what if the Football League deny him ownership of Leeds United? Well David Haigh has come out to quash the fears of administration and a report in the Mail yesterday from a finance expert says it’s not the end for the club. Are these simply statements put out to calm us or is there really truth behind this?

I’m remaining positive whatever the outcome of this ruling on the ownership of Leeds United. If Cellino doesn’t pass the test, then I’m sure we will utilize Plan B but this will be heavily dependent on us the fans. Is this fair? Well I think we are bloody lucky with what we have. Just looking at the League 2 table this evening stunned me to see Portsmouth a couple of defeats away from being in the Relegation Zone. A club like Pompey that only five years ago lived the Premiership Dream, who tasted Silverware, played in Europe and has a wide captive supporter base in it’s own city. It sounds very similar to our club, ok I know we have more fans!

The point of this post is not to spell doom and gloom for Leeds. Cellino could be our knight in shining armor, however on the night of the January transfer window closing it couldn’t have been more opposite. All I am stating is had Leeds beaten Bolton and Reading at home and held on to win at QPR, would we be so hell bent on abusing the current set up on Social Media? Football is so very delicate like that.

Anyway one other thing that I noticed at Burnley last weekend before I depart. Leeds United fans at the game are not always the ones filling Twitter full of negative comments on match day! 😉 let’s get behind the lads against Millwall on Saturday if you are there or like me unable to make it!

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DarcyB