Leeds United fans react on Twitter to Cellino pledge to stand down

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Leeds fans have reacted to the latest news regarding owner Massimo Cellino.

It is never simple at Leeds United, on or off the pitch.

The latest twist in the club's rapidly evolving present and future surrounds owner Massimo Cellino.

The outspoken Italian has confirmed via the Yorkshire Evening Post he is ready to stand down, until his Football League appeal is heard.

He was banned last week by the Football League over a tax conviction, which he intends to appeal. He is free to resume ownership in March when the offence will be considered spent by UK law.

There is no word on how long it will take until the appeal is heard, but considering one has not yet been formally lodged, it's likely the saga will drag on into 2015.

With the Football League threatening sanctions against the club if Cellino was still in charge after 28 days, he considers stepping down as the wise play for now.

What is unclear is who will take charge in the meantime, while questions have also emerged over the £23.5 million investment which was due to be signed off this week, and has reportedly in the meantime been placed on hold.

While this could be dismissed, with the view that Cellino will be back in March, come what may, nothing is ever quite that simple with Leeds.

The equally important results on the football pitch at a crucial time of the season face being overshadowed once again by off field matters.

For all Cellino's publicly stated good intentions, his tenure is not the smooth ride the club needed after a nightmare decade under the stewardship of Peter Risdale, Ken Bates, and then GFH - who are still involved right in the midst of this, travelling to this week's board meeting, and still holding a 25 per cent stake in the club.

Here is a look at how Leeds fans reacted to the news...

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