One eye is focussed clearly on the Football League. The Cellino bid for the club requires approval under the Owners and Directors Test (ODT), formerly known as the Fit and Proper Person Test. Reports suggest that as Cellino has a number of historical convictions, these are now classed as 'spent' under British law as they are over 10 years old, and the Italian would have no problem passing the rules. The exact timescales are unclear, with the Football League stating at the weekend they were aware of the situation at Leeds and were awaiting the required information, but it isn't felt to be lengthy process.
Meanwhile, the other eye has to be fixed on London, where it is understood GFH-C have agreed to meet with the newly merges Flowers/Farnan consortium today. Confusion exists as Cellino is reporting a deal is done, so why GFH-C are still holding talks with other parties is not clear. Is it just a PR stunt to appease fans, or is there a realistic chance that someone other than Cellino could still take control?
The next 72 hours or so should prove to be very interesting, and even if key decisions are made, don't expect that to be the end of the matter. If the Football League approve Cellino, expect further turmoil with sackings, sponsorship, legal appeals and protests. If the Consortium come out in control of the club, Cellino and his team of legal advisors will not go quietly.
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