A third bid, from a consortium headed by Mike Farnan, with the likes of Adam Pearson and Lucas Radebe in the background, was trying desperately to hold talks with GFH-C, but not getting anywhere fast.
The news coming out of Elland Road was something about driving an F1 car, and not much else.
McDermott held his pre-match news conference, and as usual, remaining dignified and professional and focussed on the game and the club, not on himself or on the takeover.
By late afternoon, sources in Italy were quoting the deal was done and the Italian was in. Meanwhile www.leedsunited.com continued to promote a ride in a F1 car.
The rest of what happened is something of a blur, and gleaned from a number of forums, news reports, text messages, google searches, phone calls and tweets, all whilst sat in a city centre pub;
News broke that Brian McDermott had been sacked by Leeds United, without confirmation that Cellino had taken charge, and without any deal being ratified by the Football League. Although fans were expecting McDermott to be under considerable pressure if Cellino gained control, no-one expected him to be sacked at the time or in the manner he was.
Ross McCormack confirmed the news of McDermotts exit to Sky Sports, despite no official confirmation from Leeds United. Even today, no official word has been posted.
Fans gathered at Elland Road last night, and at one stage, blocked a taxi for Cellino from leaving. West Yorkshire Police attended to ensure the Italian could depart.
News broke that players, including Luke Varney had been blocked from leaving the club by the Italian.
Two sponsors withdrew their support from the club in protest.
As of this morning, with just hours to go, there remains a number of outstanding questions;
Who owns Leeds United? GFH Capital, Cellino?
Who is running the team? Gianluca Festa?
Is the Farnan bid still being considered?
Why was McDermott sacked, apparently by GFH-C
and perhaps most crucially, what the hell is going on?
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