Former Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese has been linked with playing a role in a bid to buy Leeds United.
Former Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese has been linked with fronting a bid to take over at Leeds United.
Cellino, the target of frustrated chants from supporters last week during the loss to Blackburn, said that his intent was to sell to Leeds Fans United, if the group can raise the money.
Nicola Cortese has no known link to LFU, but it is unclear if he has been approached about heading up a bid, or if he would be working with other investors to buy the club from Cellino.
The Italian is best known in English football for a spell with Southampton during which he oversaw their rise from League One to the Premier League, where they remain.
Cortese has experience running an English football club at the top level, which nobody currently involved with LFU appears to, and if he were to get involved with them, it could be an ideal combination.
Yet if his plan is to work with a rival group, he is not a bad alternative - on the face of it - to LFU, and seemingly an upgrade on Cellino, certainly he takes a more professional approach.
Cortese is no stranger to controversial firings himself though, dismissing Nigel Adkins when in the Premier League to replace him with Mauricio Pochettino, but that is a decision which did not come back to bite the club.
Here is a look at how Leeds United fans have reacted on Twitter to the reports about his potential involvement?
I bet you that if Cortese or a LFU takeover is completed very soon that the players we have improve a hell of a lot. #lufc— Brenden (@Brendencolgan1) November 1, 2015
Part of me wants Cortese to buy the club, part of me wants LFU to buy it so I can say I have a share of Leeds United— Sam (@sambagnall11) November 1, 2015
Says on Wikipedia that Nicola Cortese is an Italian banker. Very similar words could be applied to Cellino #lufc— MrPaulRobinson (@MrPaulRobinson) November 1, 2015
I would not be against Cortese taking over the club but I still think it'd be good if he worked with fans— Lucas ✌️ (@Jxnuzovic) November 1, 2015
I wouldn't be against Nicola Cortese taking over Leeds, he did a good solid job at Southampton #lufc— Kirsty Stanley (@stanners_1982) November 1, 2015
get Nicola cortese in he worked wonders at saints— Armo (@Jordan_Armo) November 1, 2015
I want Leeds Fans to have a seat on the board and a say in everything, but if we need another party involved, Cortese would be immense.— #TimeToGo #CelliNO (@NorthernMisery) November 1, 2015