Over the last 72 hours we have once again witnessed our club thrown into turmoil by factors outside the control of the fans, players and employees that work so tirelessly to make the club what it really is.
Whilst all the parties involved are quick to blame one another and those with a potential vested interest sit ready to swoop down like vultures ready to proclaim themselves as the latest saviour of the club, nobody seems interested in examining what is actually in the best interests of Football in general and specifically Leeds United and its long suffering fans.
For their part, we would question the Football League regarding the timing of this latest action as it appears that it has been timed to cause maximum disruption to any plans that the management of Leeds United might have for the upcoming transfer window and the key fixture period between now and Easter. In terms of their governance, it is our opinion, that it would be much more constructive for them to spend time redeveloping their outdated Owners and Directors test so that it is more robust and fit for purpose. Times have changed over the last ten years and there are countless examples of the test failing to address modern day ownership issues with the current situation at Leeds United being the latest of these. Does it really make sense for the Football league to continue to spend time and resources pursuing the “Nelie” situation when their best case outcome is a three month ban from control of the club? Rather than demonstrating a determination to stamp out rogue behaviour it appears to the general public more as a witch hunt to satisfy their bruised egos. We do not suggest that Owners should be allowed to continue unchecked and are not calling for the Football League to ignore potential activity that would disqualify individuals from owning or controlling a club but, some form of common sense has to prevail and the Football League should also consider the effect on their own credibility and member clubs before imposing any actions. After all the Football League has a duty of care to its member clubs.
Whilst he has publicly stated that he is running the club under proper rules we would call on Massimo Cellino to confirm that his activities outside of football are also as compliant and that Leeds fans can be assured there are no further actions lingering in the background waiting to surface. Should there be any doubt on this, in the same way that we urge the Football league to utilise common sense and abide by their duty of care obligations, we would further call for Massimo Cellino to make the proper arrangements to ensure that the club will not suffer any further as a result.
...and to those potential investors monitoring from the sidelines, we would remind them that whilst any attempts to buy the club would need a willing seller as well as a buyer, they should also be aware that our club is not a tradable commodity that can be bought at a bargain price and sold for a profit. Leeds United comes with a proud history and the supporters will only accept owners that are prepared to commit to maintaining and respecting continuity of those traditions.