Is Massimo Cellino intending on sticking around if Leeds win promotion?
The Massimo Cellino era could be coming to an end at Leeds United, but the full scale buyout is not coming just yet.
Expected buyer Andrea Radrizzani told the Strait Times this week he will buy a 50 per cent stake in the club at the earliest opportunity, with a view to purchasing the rest at the end of the season.
Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino watches from the stands
Looking at the team's form on the pitch, it is easy to see why Massimo Cellino wants to hang on to the other 50 per cent for a few months yet.
When Cellino took over, and every summer since, Cellino has made it clear that his intention was to take Leeds back to the Premier League for the first time in over a decade.
Leeds are into fifth place in the Championship, and are starting to believe that under new boss Garry Monk, a promotion challenge may be possible.
Leeds manager Garry Monk
It would therefore be a peculiar time for Cellino to suddenly give up his entire stake in the club, unless he was gambling that this early run was merely a flash in the pan.
Cellino has in many aspects struggled at Leeds, failing to buy the stadium as promised, offering limited funds in the transfer market, and floundering to find the right manager.
He appears to have got the Monk appointment right, but with regard to the rest, he needs help, and Radrizzani's investment can help with this.
If Leeds can win promotion, Cellino's appetite and desire to stay on will be re-invigorated, but financially he will need the help.
Should they fail again, it is more likely he sells up at the end of the season, but for now it is no surprise he intends to hang on to see how this season pans out on the pitch - and financially the second 50 per cent could be worth a lot more if Leeds are a Premier League team.
Leeds owner Massimo Cellino