Tag: Leeds United

The Pie’s The Limit At Elland Road

There can be times, when looking in from the outside on England’s most chaotically run football clubs, that trying to make sense of what is actually going on ceases to be of any significant value. There is no method, only madness – no narrative arc, just a series of random events held together by a small cast of characters, and the only way to be able to keep a grip on the entire sequence is to treat it all as something akin to the lucid dreams of a hyperactive three year old, full of Sunny Delight and the infinite...

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Is Light At The End Of The Tunnel In Sight At Elland Road?

As the full-time whistle blew at Elland Road on Thursday night, the smell of decay emanating from Leeds United hung heavy in the air. Another home defeat, this time at the hands of Blackburn Rovers, left the team just three points above the Championship relegation places and without a league win in the last six weeks. Away from the pitch, owner Massimo Cellino, a man for whom the – yes, made up – word “eccentrocratic” seems fairly appropriate, had been banned from having a say in the running club for the second time in a year over discrepancies in...

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Leeds United & Steve Evans: A Coming Together Beyond Parody

Over the course of much of the last decade or so, the ongoing travails of Leeds United AFC have become one of English football’s more enduring soap operas. From Ken Bates, through relegation to League One and the appointment of Massimo Cellino, there may be no other football club in England that has been so badly run, by so many different groups, and over such a broad period of time. At the start of this week, however, the tragedy that the decline of this club long since became crossed a line into the world of farce. Leeds United might...

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“Full Of Thieves And Crooks” – Massimo Cellino Delivers His Verdict

Twenty-five thousand people listened to it in two hours, and now a lot of them are looking for some answers. Over the weekend, a Leeds United supporter managed to get hold – from, it should be added, publicly available sources – of the telephone number Man Who Be The New King Of Elland Road, Massimo Cellino, and gave him a call, with surprising results. You can hear the interview for yourself by clicking here – or there is a transcript of it here – but here are, for the benefit of those amongst you that are unwilling or unable...

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Leeds United & The Lottery Of The Owners & Directors Test

So there, then, is the decision of the Football League. Massimo Cellino has been adjudged by the Football League to have failed its Owners & Directors Test on account of his conviction under Italian law over the non-payment of tax for a boat that he owned. The League’s statement on the matter was clear enough to leave little quesion in the minds of those that have been watching this situation over the last few weeks of the reasoning behind their decision in spite of the obfuscation of the matter brought about by Cellino’s legal team last week, and it’s...

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