Leeds went into Saturday’s game desperate for a win, desperate for a performance and just something to cling onto with a season rapidly spiraling further and further out of control. With the More »
It is being reported that Eleonora sport now own 75% Leeds United, meaning Massimo Cellino is free to do what he wants with Leeds. It seems that the first thing he has More »
It is being reported that Massimo Cellino has won his appeal against the football league, enabling him to takeover Leeds United. Mike Farnan tweeted this, you’d obviously expect him to be ITK. More »
Leeds manager Brian McDermott last night denied claims he is set to resign, following his side’s second home defeat in two games. This time it was Charlton who benefitted from Leeds’ poor More »
Leeds head over to Oakwell for the Yorkshire derby on the back of a much-needed morale boosting 2-0 victory over Blackpool at the weekend. Following a torrid run of form which has seen the whites plummet from play off contention at Christmas to nervously looking over our shoulders until the weekend after finally easing the tension.
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It’s quite difficult to sit and predict what Brian McDermott will do with his teams and who will play where but it’s likely the team will remain the same as the previous weekend. Luke Murphy stepped up and Michael Brown rolled back the years with a vintage defensive midfield display. Jimmy Kebe is still doubtful for the game whilst Rodolph Austin is back in-contention after Tonge picked up a knock. With nothing to play for as a team this season, individually the players have their futures to play for, with Massimo Cellino likely to make big changes during the summer.
Leeds went into Saturday’s game desperate for a win, desperate for a performance and just something to cling onto with a season rapidly spiraling further and further out of control. With the takeover drama and uncertainty resolved Leeds faced fellow strugglers Blackpool, with Brian McDermott bringing Marius Zaliukas re-instated to the starting line up, it was vital that Leeds took something from this game, for the sake of the manager, who was seemingly on the brink at Elland Road.
As the game began, Leeds enjoyed large spells of possession with Luke Murphy denied in the opening spell by Craig Cathcart who made an excellent challenge. After 21 minutes, a game of few chances was opened up as top goalscorer Ross McCormack played in Luke Murphy who cleverly turned on the ball to evade the on rushing Blackpool players before carefully slotting the ball into the net for Leeds to take the lead.
It is being reported that Eleonora sport now own 75% Leeds United, meaning Massimo Cellino is free to do what he wants with Leeds. It seems that the first thing he has done is remove MD David Haigh, despite it being written into the contract that Haigh would become CEO. Cellino is supposed to attend the Watford game tonight.
News has also come out today that Leeds United have made a loss of £9.5m, which would put us under threat from Financial Fair play rules. It could result in us suffering a transfer embargo next January. Leeds’ total debt in the 2012-13 accounts is recorded as £22m. Cellino has made a big commitment, he paid more than we’re worth and also took over the debt so good luck to him.
It is being reported that Massimo Cellino has won his appeal against the football league, enabling him to takeover Leeds United. Mike Farnan tweeted this, you’d obviously expect him to be ITK.
— Mike Farnan (@FarnanM) April 5, 2014
Adam Pope of the BBC is also reporting that Cellino has won.
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Leeds manager Brian McDermott last night denied claims he is set to resign, following his side’s second home defeat in two games.
This time it was Charlton who benefitted from Leeds’ poor form, which McDermott puts down to the confusion surrounding the never-ending takeover saga.
Unsurprisingly however, streams of fans have blamed him and his tactics for the standard of football we have recently been subjected to. Last night’s match saw him ring the changes, with Michael Tonge and Aidy White starting their first games in months.
Such was White’s impact that he stayed on the pitch till the very end, and won a 90th minute penalty which would have rescued a point from another lacklustre performances.
But top scorer Ross McCormack was again unconvincing from the spot as visiting keeper Ben Hamer denied him what would have been a 28th league goal of the season.
Charlton won the game courtesy of Reza Ghoochannejhad’s 54th minute goal, which you couldn’t say was undeserved.
To add to McDermott’s worries, second top-scorer Matt Smith went off at half time suffering with injury, being replaced by Noel Hunt, something which may give the manager a selection headache as they prepare for their next game; this weekend’s trip to high-flying Wigan, live on Sky.
There’s no doubt that McDermott will make changes again for this weekend’s game, particularly in attacking areas after failing to score on Tuesday.
Many fans have hurled their criticism in the direction of Noel Hunt who, despite being injured for a large part of this season, has failed to make an impact.
He was never the most consistent scorer at previous Reading under the guidance of then manager McDermott, but he has failed to find the net all season, after scoring in his first pre-season game for the club at Farsley back in June.
Cameron Stewart has also found games hard to come by in recent weeks, despite the lack of pace and chances being created in wide areas. However, Jimmy Kebe remains out of the side due to injury, so three is some light at the end of the tunnel, at least.
In another plot twist to the Leeds United saga, Massimo Cellino confirmed on Sky Sports News that his company Eleonora Sports have entered talks with Mike Farnan’s group Together Leeds to try and rescue the club. Cellino went on to tell sky sports that the football league should clear him and to put the best interest of the club and he said “they are hurting Leeds, the club, not Massimo Cellino.” In another amusing Cellino moment, he said “I could buy a new yacht every month with the money I’ve put in Leeds.” Cellino then went to declare himself not guilty of tax evasion. When someone is using quotes like this you have to seriously wonder how much money he has actually put into the club already!
A few moments later on twitter Adam Pope released a mini statement from Mike Farnan’s group which said; “Massimo Cellino and Eleonora Sport Limited have been and continue to be in discussions with Mike Farnan and TogetherLeeds regarding strategy, partnership and cooperation. The talks have been very constructive. Everyone should be excited by these discussions as they are in the best interests of all parties including the Football League, Leeds United, its players and staff and, most importantly, it’s loyal and enduring fans.”
Adam Pope that as he understood it, Cellino was the one to approach to Eleonora Sports about the talks and he then said that if Cellino’s appeal was to fail then TogetherLeeds would continue to work with Cellino and Eleonora Sports. Phil Hay however said that it would be a no go if the Cellino appeal was to fail but we will see the outcome of what happens over the next few days, but Phil Hay did say, which is the best news of the day, that as far as Farnan was concerned then any deal between TogetherLeeds and Eleonora Sports would NOT include GFH at all.
As another crazy weekend leaves it’s trail of destruction over Elland Road we head into a game tonight that has rapidly become a must win game. After it emerged last week that the club would not be in a position to pay the players it became apparent on Friday morning that the players would be paid a proportion of their wages and then the rest would be paid after the Cellino appeal. Prompting rumours of administration which added extra necessity on the Doncaster and Charlton games, if you looked at the league table after a points deduction, but take away all the circumstances and look the game itself, another absolute shambolic first half display. If the excuse was the distraction of wages being paid then I’m left wondering what the excuses for the rest of this year have been!
Drama after drama at Leeds United! It’s sad that it came as no surprise to me when I heard we may be heading for administration again. What worried me most of all was that a Pre pack administration was being discussed. This means that even after putting us through the pain of admin, we could still end up with GFH as owners or maybe even Sport Capital. The players have been paid half of their wages today, but only with what money was left in the club account, neither GFH or Cellino paid any extra money today. It’s hard to see where the other 50% of wages come from, unless Cellino wins his appeal against the Football league. The only positive out of today was that the staff were paid, the people who deserve paying most.
GFH have already done enough damage to Leeds United, they cannot be allowed to do any more. The Football League really have to protect us here, we as fans can also do our bit I believe. If nobody renewed season tickets until GFH were out of the club, I really think that would help, all they’re interested in is money. David Haigh doesn’t seem to be much better, especially if he’s been at meetings to do with pre pack administration as reported.
GFH. Gulf Finance house. I’m sure you can think of worse things for GFH to stand for, I know I have. More and more information comes to light every day which I cannot quite believe, simply unbelievable. A Leeds United director, I’m sure you all know which one by now, is reported to have set up an account on WACCOE, a Leeds United forum. It has been confirmed by a WACCOE moderator and there are some screenshots of things Salem has said under his alias, Melas, how very clever. It is simply amazing to me that someone could be so devious, dropping hints all over the place about Leeds finances, trying to make them sound a lot better than they are. The best word to describe GFH, in my opinion, is liars.
I’m now pretty sure that they are in fact worse than Ken Bates himself. To prove this point, just imagine GFH being here for 8 years, I’m not sure there would be a club left.
Finally we had some news today! Massimo Cellino has failed the Owners and Directors test, the football league has announced. The Italian is said to be “shocked” by the news and has 12 days to appeal, whether he will or not is another story. Personally I am happy with this decision, Cellino was and is not what we need. Yes he has money but at what cost to Leeds United? I can’t be bothered watching us play under 2 managers a year for the next 20 years. I also don’t have any time for the “he’s the only option” statement, he’s clearly not. The football league don’t just fail anyone, anybody in as many court cases as him is bad news.