Monday will be a big day for Leeds, and here’s why

A pivotal day in the turbulent history of Leeds United arrives on Monday, as owner Massimo Cellino stamps his authority.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino will address every single employee at Elland Road on Monday - from tea ladies through to manager Brian McDermott.

It has been widely reported that 85 people will lose their jobs across all departments, as the club continues to lose around £1 million a month. The sprawling Thorp Arch training ground has already been closed for three weeks as part of the cost-cutting measure. It will remain so until the senior team return for pre-season.

Cellino is brash and combative, and although he acquired his 75% stake some time ago, Leeds fans still await any visible changes. However, the Italian entrepreneur has assured supporters that he has been working diligently behind the scenes to lay a foundation for lasting change.

Crucially, Cellino is now able to focus entirely on the Yorkshire club. The Italian's 22-year ownership of Cagliari is about to end with a €77m (£63m) sale to an American consortium led by Luca Silvestrone. It has been reported in Italy that €10m (£8m) will be paid initially with the remainder paid to Cellino when Italian authorities approve a new stadium development.

Cellino and McDermott have barely spoken since the Italian took over last month, and former managing director David Haigh - who was originally earmarked for the chief executive's role - was arrested in Dubai after an investigation into fraud and financial irregularities unrelated to Leeds.

Prior to the end of the season, former Sheffield Wednesday and Bradford City striker, Benito Carbone, was hired as an unpaid technical consultant. The 42-year-old is primarily tasked with Academy matters.

Despite the new ownership, a winding-up petition against the club will be heard in Court on June 9.The club still appears in a sorry mess. However, Carbone has urged the fans to keep the faith and insists the club is now on the right track.

‘It is not chaos - maybe before (Cellino arrived) it was chaos’, he said. ‘When the chairman started, he was trying to build the family. That is why we need to understand who are the right people to work for this club’.

Cellino has already made promises which the long suffering fans want to see delivered. The buying back of Elland Road and Thorp Arch headed his wishlist.

It really is a crunch day on Monday for the remaining contracted players. Cellino will speak to each one, individually, in his office, and assess what they will give to Leeds.

Cellino has said that it will be too early to gain promotion in the coming season, with that being more likely in 2015-16. It is fair to say that, as owner of the best supported club outside of the Premier League, he has every chance.

Unlike previous owners GFH Capital, Cellino is shrewd, experienced and looks like a man who loves a challenge. Monday will bring a fascinating insight on how he aims to return Leeds to greatness.

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