Dear Mr Cellino
Not been a particularly good few months has it?
Let’s go back to the day you rode into town just over a year ago, and were almost chased straight back out. You sacked Brian McDermott on transfer deadline day, and we had the ‘taxi incident’, before you bowed to fan pressure and reinstated him sharpish.
Despite that rocky start, you gave some good soundbites, you said the right things. The ground would be bought back (I believe you were heading to the bank that week, but I digress), players would be brought in (English and International’s you mentioned). You spoke about how the fans had put up with 10 sh*tty years, but you would sort it all out. There was a softening towards you, the fans started to put some trust in you. To be fair, it was going well. The fans (the only assets Leeds have, according to you), were desperate for someone who was going to do the right thing. After the years of Ridsdale, Krasner, Bates and GFH, it looked like we might finally have someone who felt our pain, someone not here to make themselves money. Sure there were some hiccups – the treatment of the honourable McDermott at the end of the season for one, but, such was our desperation, we saw past that.
The summer saw a huge influx of players, not the English ones we were promised, but hey, a players a player right? Sure we had to consult Google every time we signed someone to find out who they were, but a foreign players bound to be good surely? Few more warning bells were going off by now. The appointment of Hockaday made us think that maybe you didn’t understand the club after all – his departure followed by the appointment and sacking of Darko seemed ever more odd. Let’s not forget there were now various court cases and arguments with the Football League to deal with – the alarm bells were getting louder and louder, but a few more bits of PR spin kept a lid on it all.
The football, after several blips, was starting to come together – the appointment of Redfearn was good. You even let him have an assistant (was it 2 months to put him in place? I forget), anyway, it worked. The club that had been flirting with relegation, was surging up the table – some fans even talked of a late charge for the play offs. The young players were playing fantastically (they were the ones that Redfearn had brought through weren’t they?). Despite Redfearn wanting a couple of loan signings, and giving lists, he seemed a bit undermined when Chairman Umbers (holding the hot seat while you were banned for fraud), said none were coming in. A shame, but we were churning out results – then came the walking of the much respected Matt Childs – followed soon by the suspension (dismissal) of assistant Thompson (for reasons that the club have deemed they do not need to share). Then there was the Antenucci can’t play fiasco, Director of football Salerno leaving (or maybe not, again, the club couldn’t possibly tell us), then there was the sudden injuries of the foreign legion (how unlucky was that – all the Italians injured on the same day without the coach knowing).
What next Mr Cellino? (sorry, you wouldn’t know because you’re banned, and have absolutely no influence on recent events do you).
You know what the frustrating thing is? We actually don’t ask for much – you promised promotion next season, but I think most of us would take a season in this division if we had stability. Honestly, its fairly simple. Give Redfearn a contract, let him employ who he wants, let him and his team give a list of transfers, and sign the young players up on decent contracts. That’s actually it – Elland Road and Thorpe Arch can wait a few years. I want an owner who’s in the background- one that is low profile – is it too much to ask?
You, Mr Cellino, are not that man – you have done the seemingly impossible and got yourself hated as much as GFH and Bates – that’s some achievement.
You’re a dangerous person, someone who’s ego is far too big. Someone who’s actions speak far louder than your words (spin). You need to get out of this club – however you see fit – sell it to someone who cares – someone who is normal. I don’t know if you’ll be back, but I really wouldn’t recommend sitting with the fans if you do…
You had such an opportunity to take this magnificent football club forward, and you’ve blown it big time.
You’re not welcome anymore