Thursday 13th March 2014 (Today).
The Football League are holding their regular monthly meeting with the issue of Leeds on the agenda. Expect no decisions and following a short statement yesterday, expect no further comments today. What the hold up is anyones guess and with Cellino putting the pressure on by withdrawing further financial support, the Football League really do need to pull their proverbial fingers out and decide one way on the other if Cellino is fit to own the club.
Tuesday 18th March 2014
The date of the infamous Yacht tax evasion case for Cellino that will be heard in Italy. A court will decide whether Cellino avoided paying tax on the Yacht by registering with a fairly newly formed American company with the case expected to be concluded within the day. As this has a connection to Leeds United, expect delays and adjournments through! It is assumed the Football League are delaying a decision until the outcome of the case, so if there are delays, it has a knock on impact.
It is also safe to assume that Cellino has passed all other matters and will be confirmed as owner if he is found not guilty in this case, otherwise the outcome of the tax evasion matter would be irrelevant.
This case is not part of the wider embezzlement issue that is still with the Italian authorities.
Thursday 27th March - 5pm
If the takeover remains delayed until later this month, the 27th March could become crucial in the future of Leeds. Any team entering Administration before this date has 10 points deducted from the current season. If Administration is entered after 5pm on the 27th, the team starts the 2014/15 campaign on minus 10. Despite the assurances of Managing Director David Haigh that the club is nowhere near the threat of Administration, the confirmed news of money having to be pumped in by former bidder, Andrew Flowers, Haigh himself and a reported £10m from Cellino does not instill any confidence with the fans. If the takeover plans do not proceed as planned, and investors seek a return on any loans, the financial future of Leeds United will once again, be on very rocky ground.
The next two weeks look to be very important to the future of the club.
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