Two main 'developments' this week both feature the former Director David Haigh.
Haigh, who quit as Chief Executive on 7th April, just a week after Cellino took charge was arrested in Dubai this week amidst allegation of money laundering and embezzlement. It seems the allegations come from GFH-C and centre around the sale of the club to Cellino. This is further to investigations by British Police into financial irregularities surrounding the purchase of covert surveillance cameras discovered at the club when Cellino took charge.
The second issue is the withdrawal of Card Payment services by Leeds United. The club has taken the decision to stop offering Credit and Debit card payments for season tickets and other online sales due to the fact the clubs bank accounts are frozen pending a Winding Up petition, issued by Sports Capital, a company formed by David Haigh to facilitate the loan of funds to the club last season. Monies paid via card may not reach the club until after the season begins, forcing them into this position.
The Winding Up Petition is due to be heard on the 9th June 2014, and it is unclear if employees will be paid at the end of this month. Leeds United have already failed to pay the wages of casual staff earlier this month.
These latest developments only serve to distract fans from other key issues that have been raised over the past week or so;
- Thorp Arch, the prestigious training facility has been closed for the summer to reduce costs, leaving long term injured and international players without training facilities.
- Massimo Cellino has alluded to the fact that Thorp Arch may be a luxury Leeds United cannot afford at the moment, and may even close the training facility completely.
- Cellino has also insisted all players and management return to the club on 28th May when contractual holiday entitlement ends (still unclear on counting calendar days or working days on that one!). It also remains unclear if pre-season training will commence on that day, or whether employees are being recalled for meetings and updates.
- Brian McDermott and Massimo Cellino are still understood to have only communicated by letter. It would surprise most fans if McDermott remains in position come the start of the season (or the 29th May if we are being honest!)
- A number of clubs are rumoured to be expressing an interest in Ross McCormack
We'd love to tell you what is going to happen next, but lets face it, there is no point guessing. Just when things couldn't get any worse/bizarre/weird, they usually do!
No pain, no gain?
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