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Leeds United fans react on Twitter to reports Massimo Cellino is set to return

Leeds United fans are less than convinced about what Massimo Cellino has to bring the club upon his return.

Controversial Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino is returning to the club, having been approved by the Football League, report the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Cellino is to replace Andrew Umbers as chairman, who will revert to a director role.

When he was suspended by the Football League in December, the decision was rounded upon by Leeds fans, who felt it was exactly the opposite of what the club needed, serving only to de-stabilise them.

This has partly become reality, with Cellino having been under the microscope and unable to make decisions, and Umbers failing to address key football matters, namely the future of head coach Neil Redfearn.

Cellino has however done himself few favours. He has given interviews discussing how he is undecided whether Redfearn should stay on as head coach, and adding to the confusion around the club.

Even last night he was quoted by the YEP confirming he was due to return, but did not address Redfearn's future, nor any of the uncertainty surrounding Steve Thompson or Nicola Salerno's futures.

With playing staff needing to be told of their futures, whether due to expiring contracts or loan deals at an end, there is plenty to do at Leeds and the club need answers.

While his return will give the club a chance to move forward one way or another with answers they need, Cellino is far from viewed as the messiah he may wish to have been seen as at this point, coming in to save the day.

Quickly handing Redfearn a new contract, re-employing Thompson, and signing up Sol Bamba are three decisions which can turn fan reception in his favour, but right now there is not much confidence right now that Cellino will make the rational and right decisions the club need to move forward.

Here is a look at how fans reacted to news of his imminent return...

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