Leeds FanZoners George and Tom Chellis ponder the future for United after Massimo Cellino's takeover of the club.
Despite notching up another defeat at Watford on Tuesday night to extend our horrific run of form, the Leeds faithful have finally been rewarded with some promising news. Bar dotting the Is and crossing the Ts, Massimo Cellino has seemingly overcome the firm hand of the Football League, at least for now, and Brian McDermott and his squad can finally focus on playing football for a change. Whether you're a fan of Cellino or not, it is undeniable that this was the best possible outcome from an uncertain situation, and with administration kept at bay, this turn of events will almost bring with it some financial benefits. However, we at @LUFC_Calypso feel that the changes will be more noticeable in other areas, and Cellino's successful acquisition will allow the Italian to make his mark in more ways than one.
The hugely disappointing form displayed from a team lacking confidence, desire and skill to name a few attributes may well cost McDermott his job. Floundering in the bottom half, and looking over our shoulders rather than up the table yet again, a large proportion of Leeds fans have seen enough. Continuing with baffling tactical displays, it appears that no amount of chopping and changing can improve the fortunes of his lacklustre squad, and it remains to be seen whether Cellino's patience will run out. Speaking on Sky Sports earlier, he insisted that McDermott will be given the chance to make amends, but one thing is for sure, if Cellino feels a change is necessary, he will not hesitate - just ask departing Cagliari boss Diego Lopez. For us, it's a question of when and not if. However, despite continued speculation about McDermott's future and his eagerness to sack him before even taking ownership on that fateful night in January, the two seem to have built up some kind of rapport. In terms of a potential replacement, many suspect that Gianfranco Zola may be being lined up as a replacement, with the two Italians working together at Cagliari in previous years. However, @LeedsUnitedIta has highlighted their inability to see eye-to-eye - Cellino refused to offer Zola an extension to his contract while playing at Cagliari - and this may not be the match made in heaven we all thought it might be. Watch this space.
It is with no amount of hesitancy whatsoever that Cellino will tear this gutless squad limb from limb come the summer. His rant down the phone to White Leeds Radio last month proved that Cellino is well aware of a fact that Leeds fans have known for months - our squad simply does not cut it at this level. McDermott or otherwise, we fully expect plenty of incomings and even more outgoings this summer, and you can't help but feel that the squad of 2014/15 will have a much greater European feel to it. Despite his continental persuasion, the highly entertaining yet controversial "interview" with WLR seemed to suggest that Cellino was looking for young, English internationals, yet whether that will be possible is another story. Either way, we fully expect to see the deadwood, underachievers of our squad shipped on quickly and unceremoniously. In other words, don't expect a Michael Brown testimonial.
Already the subject of intense speculation, we cannot see the Cellino-Haigh relationship standing the test of time whatsoever. Again, through the phone call with White Leeds Radio, Cellino made his feelings perfectly clear, describing him as the devil amongst other things. With Haigh now becoming the Chief Executive until the end of the season at the least, it would come as no surprise to see Haigh instantly removed and crawling back to the teat of GFH Capital with his tail between his legs. This would only increase Cellino's approval rating as GFH continue to be eaten alive by the United fans on social media.
It doesn't take a genius to uncover the general trend of Cellino's predicted actions. Mr Cellino's cutthroat stance towards all aspects of a football club may well precede him, yet it appears that to all intents and purposes, Cellino will instigate wholesale changes to the club, changes that will be viewed by the majority as absolutely necessary. The shambles that GFH have created off the field is in desperate need of alteration, and Cellino is certainly the man for the job. In terms of the on-field disappointment, the role of Brian McDermott still seems to split opinion. Only time will tell on that front.
Before we let ourselves dream of landmark signings and half-time calzones, let's see if we can try and win a football match first.
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