The process of approving Italian businessman Massimo Cellino as majority owner at Elland Road has been anything but routine, and it took another turn on Tuesday.
But Cellino has won his appeal against the Football League vote, and is claiming control of the Whites. His lawyer Tweeted:
Massimo Cellino has now been appointed a director of LUFC Holdings & ESL has completed its purchase of 75% of the shares of LUFC Holdings
— Mishcon de Reya (@Mishcon_de_Reya) April 8, 2014
The club is in massive debt, but that is not stopping Cellino from taking immediate action in putting himself in good graces with his new charges.
But after buying his stake, Cellino pledged to settle those bills before leading the club to the Premier League.
He said: ‘The deal is completed. I will go to the game against Watford tonight, then I will go to Leeds and from tomorrow start sorting things out. There is no point waiting to pay people. I will start tomorrow.’
Cellino has a colorful history, and fired his 36th manager in 22 years as a Serie A owner this weekend. We could be in a for a wild time based out of West Yorkshire.