Massimo Cellino: An accidental saviour at Leeds United?

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Could Massimo Cellino selling to the Leeds fans secure an unlikely legacy?

To much of the national press, Massimo Cellino is seen as an ogre casting a shadow over Leeds United. 

The Italian has fired five bosses in less than two seasons, failed to take the club forward on the pitch, and courted negative off-field headlines.

Yet if he goes through with his pledge to sell the club to a supporter group, he may secure a different type of legacy.

Previous owners have appeared to put business first, leveraging debt on the club, and selling key assets.

Cellino has attempted to reduce the club's debts and held on, so far, to key academy produced players, with just wantaway Ross McCormack his only controversial sale - and for an astronomical fee.

This is not though an ode to Cellino. He is clearly a very complex and puzzling figure, who is wracked by his own personal demons and acts on a whim.

This has manifested itself with bizarre appointments - see Dave Hockaday - and controversial dismissals, see the treatment of Neil Redfearn.

He has the club's best interests at heart and is desperate for success, perhaps too desperate, which leads to his rash decisions.

Should he honour his pledge made to The BBC that he would sell the club to a fan backed consortium, it will be the best decision he made.

Cellino's strong minded-ness has so far led him to refuse to realise his mistakes, and be determined to do it his way. His admission of failure and willingness to walk away should be commended, rather than past boards of various clubs who just shut fans out in similar circumstances.

The maverick Italian not only took the club away from GFH's hands, but if he delivers it to Leeds Fans United, the last two years of controversy will all seem worth it, and he may ultimately be remembered as an accidental saviour, who had the club's best interests at heart and finally realised the errors of his ways.

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