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PHOTO: Leeds fans beg to be woken from 'nightmare'

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Fans revealed a banner on Saturday declaring their support for Massimo Cellino, however, will his guilty verdict halt their opinion?

We need you was the cry from Leeds United fans as their team crashed to a third defeat in a row, and now six games without a win. The message from supporters was loud and clear, and no-one can argue when it has come to owners in the past decade, Leeds have been sold short.

Leeds United were Peter Ridsdale's first venture into Football and initially everything went well for the Yorkshire club and their owner. He was behind their funding for both their impressive Domestic and European success, however, the mess he left the club in has left its mark for years to come.

In fact, when Ridsdale left Elland Road in 2003, Leeds were more than £100 million in debt and failing on the field.

The situation was far from helped by the seven-year tenure of Ken Bates, who eventually sold the club to Gulf Finance House Captial, who now are looking at moving the club on after perhaps biting off more than they can chew.

Initially, the supporters were wary of Cagliari owner Massimo Cellino's takeover prospect, as were the Football League. However, due to on-going problems on the pitch, sure enough, the Leeds United fans got behind the Italian's bid for the club.

On Saturday, a few supporters at the Burnley game revealed the banner asking: 'Mr Cellino - Please wake us from this nightmare. We need you,' which at the time was a considered the general feeling between the majority of fans.

Nevertheless, supporters must be wary of the potential takeover, especially after being found guilty of tax evasion. Even if the, now unlikely, takeover does happen, what future can Leeds expect under Cellino?

Although, saying that, what future can Leeds expect without Cellino, at this moment of time? Especially after his financial input over the past couple of months.

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