The Leeds United owner has done a U-turn on a potential sale to Leeds Fans Utd.
How quickly things can change. On the same day that an interview with Leeds Fans Utd chief executive Dylan Thwaites was published about the possibility of them becoming majority stake holders in the next three months, the supporters group has announced that Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino no longer wishes to sell to them.
Cellino held talks with Thwaites on Friday but just five days later LFU made a statement announcing that the Italian had walked away from a potential deal.
The full statement was later published on the group’s official website, and among other things it stated: “Leeds Fans Utd have just been informed by the lawyers of Massimo Cellino that he no longer wishes to sell to Leeds fans.”
Thwaites had recently told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he was seeking a legally binding offer of exclusivity, and this appears to have forced the Leeds owner’s hand.
“Our insistence on him confirming his verbal offer of exclusivity in a legally binding agreement has forced transparency on his motives.”
That is a hammer blow to those Leeds supporters hoping to reclaim the club as their own, but it may yet prove to be a blessing in disguise if Cellino goes on to sell the Championship side to someone with the funds to not only lead them back to the Premier League, but to ultimately keep them there.
That remains to be seen, but as if we did not already know today proves there is rarely a quiet day in the life of a Leeds fan.