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The photo which highlighted the big hope Leeds United supporters had of Massimo Cellino

Massimo Cellino's reign as Leeds United owner faces ongoing challenges.

Leeds United supporters' misguided faith that Massimo Cellino would turn around their club's fortunes can be seen in the banner shown above. 

When the Italian bought the club it appeared that Leeds had begun to see light at what had been a very long tunnel for them. 

The Whites have lacked any sort of direction or stability in recent memory and frustrations have grown as they have been starved of success.

However, Cellino - a charismatic and wealthy buyer - was supposed to be the man to deliver them back to the top-level. 

Cellino made a number of grandiose promises upon his arrival at Elland Road and optimism was high the club would finally break out of their slumber. 

However, just 12 months after Cellino's interest in Leeds was first reported, it already can be categorised as another false dawn for the club. 

Cellino's time at Leeds has been particularly turbulent, with three different managers taking charge and a number of new players arriving and it appears to be ending in farce. 

With the 58-year-old receiving a disqualification from owning Leeds by the Football League, there is more uncertainty than ever around the Yorkshire club and this season looks to be an almighty disappointment. 

Their off-the-field worries have been matched by their on the pitch struggles, with Cellino's influx of Italian players failing to change their fortunes. 

Leeds are currently just three points above the Championship drop-zone and, even though Cellino promised Premier League football after two years, it seems that an exit to League One is far more likely. 

England's true sleeping giants are still a long way from waking up just yet. 

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