By Alex Stevens
Massimo Cellino is reportedly set to leave Leeds United within the next two weeks – and fans on Twitter are delighted at the possibility.
The Telegraph claimed earlier on Monday that Andrea Radrizzani is set to buy the 50 per cent of Leeds that belongs to fellow joint-owner Cellino to give him 100 per cent control of the club.
Asked for his response to the report by a Leeds fan on Monday, Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay replied on Twitter that the deal was in the pipeline for Radrizzani and his backers to complete a full takeover “in the next couple of weeks”.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 1, 2017
Leeds fans have almost universally opposed Cellino during what has been a controversial reign marked by managerial sackings, court cases and run-ins with the football authorities.
The possibility of the 60-year-old Italian soon stepping aside for good following three-and-a-half stormy years met with a positive response on social media.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— David Beaumont (@davidglen23) May 1, 2017
Court Case Cellino finally going ? Every cloud and all that… #lufc
— David (@BilliardsCue) May 1, 2017
— T.Y (@NOHSPUT) May 1, 2017
— JEZ (@JPHADDOCK) May 1, 2017
— chris brady ???? (@carpitone) May 1, 2017
— Leeds, etc. (@Leedsetc) May 1, 2017
The Telegraph report that there is a clause in the contract agreed when Radrizzani bought his 50 per cent stake stipulating he can activate an option for full control only if Leeds are not in the Premier League.
The events of the weekend confirmed that Garry Monk’s side will finish the season in seventh and remain in the Championship next season.
It now appears the team’s failure to reach the play-offs will bring down the curtain on the erratic reign of Cellino, who became Leeds’ majority shareholder in January 2014.
Nevertheless, there are reports that the job of manager Garry Monk is under threat as Radrizzani aims to make considerable changes at the top of the club.
Monk was appointed last summer on a 12-month contract that expires at the end of the season.
In other Leeds United news, a stunning £14million bid is being prepared as deal edges closer with Premier League big hitters.