Time To Go Massimo campaign claim three parties interested in buying Leeds United

Leeds United Chairman Massimo Cellino

Massimo Cellino's time at Leeds has been mired by controversy.

Leeds United Chairman Massimo CellinoLeeds United Chairman Massimo Cellino

Leeds United campaign group Time To Go Massimo has made a bold claim regarding potential buyers of the Yorkshire club – as reported by ITV News.

They issued this statement this week, in which they suggest three parties are interested in buying the club from the controversial Italian.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino watches from the standsLeeds United owner Massimo Cellino watches from the stands

Here is part of the statement:

"As Mr Cellino is aware, there are currently 3 separate parties willing to purchase Leeds United, with one of those having completed due diligence. It is now time for him to seriously engage with these parties, and bring his ownership of the club to an end.

"We hope Mr Cellino will now do the right thing, in the interests of the fans and the club, by selling his stake in Leeds United and allowing the new owners to move us forward."

A large proportion of Leeds fans have become fed up with the way the club has been run since Cellino took over.

The quickfire hiring and firing of coaches and staff, constant legal cases and an inability to buy back Elland Road has seen many lose patience with the maverick Italian.

Leeds owner Massimo CellinoLeeds owner Massimo Cellino

The club has been linked with plenty of takeovers in the past – with the likes of local businessman Steve Parkin, energy drink company Red Bull and even Hollywood actor and Leeds fan Russel Crowe all mentioned.

The most recent rumours came via the BBC, who reported this week that Italian businessman Andrea Radrizzani has been in talks to buy a major stake in Leeds United.

They reported that the deal for him to take control of a vast stake at the club is close, but that it might not mean the end of Massimo Cellino’s involvement with the Yorkshire club.

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However, the Yorkshire Evening Post then carried quotes from the man himself, in which he downplayed any imminent takeover of the Yorkshire club.

Many Leeds fans have now made their bed with Cellino, especially after their transfer business this summer and the appointment of Garry Monk.

But it would surely be welcomed by the majority of Leeds fans if someone else was running the show at Elland Road.

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