The first signs of a reorganisation appeared last week when cellino effectively close Thorpe Arch for three month last week. The training facility, once state of the art but now understood to be in dire need of further investment supports not only the first team activities, but a number of other sections of the club including the reserves and academy. The Football League are currently investigating to see if the closure breaches any rules around a £490,000 grant received from the Premier League towards youth development.
Cellino has moved on to job cuts and the latest figures suggest around 40 employees have been told they will be leaving Leeds United. These job losses are believed to be back-room and administration roles. Players have yet to be engaged.
Which brings us on to McDermott. After a week of silence, Cellino has re-surfaced in the past few days and given a number of interviews, critical of the absence of the manager. It is understood Brian McDermott remained at the club until the end of last week but had no contact with Cellino. It is reported that he then returned to his home in the south to spend time with his mother who is poorly, and to attend the League Managers Association Annual Awards on Monday night. It is understood McDermott has been unable to contact Cellino, but Cellino has written to McDermott (For our younger readers, letters are something us older folk used to send before email, texting, tweeting and Facebook!) The contents of the letter are unknown.
Meanwhile Cellino has appointed Benito Carbone as consultant to both the first team and academy, but the full responsibilities are unknown. The move undermines McDermott at the club but it remains to be seen if Carbone is being lined up as a successor for what would appear to be an imminent departure of the Gaffer.
In further news, Leeds are still fighting a £950k winding up order issued by former Director, David Haigh. Cellino is believed to want to fight the claim, we assume for some irregularities on the terms on which the loan was issued.
Leeds secretary, Alison Royston has also been suspended pending an internal investigation and Ross McCormack is understood to be the subject of a £6m bid from Malaga.
Four days ago, it was a sparse news week for Leeds United!
Our view: Changes are painful, and we feel sorry for any hard working employee of Leeds United that is affected by these changes, but they are necessary and in general terms, Cellino has the support of the fans. The club was losing money - lots of money, and something had to be done. We are seeing the first stages but expect it to get a whole lot messier, and whole lot more confusing before Cellino has done what needs to be done. Time will tell if the changes he implements are for the better but he has to be given that chance.
It is concerning how Brian McDermott is being treated through this. The manager has already been sacked once by the Italian, and he was duly chased out of Elland Road for the manner in which he acted. We hoped he had learnt a lesson from that, but news this week that Cellino has not contacted Brian McDermott, other than by sending a letter (We are not sure to which address if Cellino doesn't know where he is) and the public condemnation of the Leeds Boss is starting to look a bit..well...dodgy! Perhaps lining McDermott up for a breach of contract and a summary dismissal without compensation?
Make your changes Mr Cellino, we'll back you, but do it with respect please. That's all we ask!
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