According to reports and rumours on the internet today, Massimo Cellino is out and co-owner Andrea Radrizzani is 100% in. Some less-than-reputable outlets are saying it’s a done deal, while others whom we trust are saying it’ll be finished in the next few days.
The move, if true, completes Radrizzani’s plan to be the sole owner of the club following his purchase of 50 percent in January. The deal was resting on the price for Cellino’s half of the club, which was dependent on which league the Whites would be in next season.
Following the 3-3 draw at Norwich over the weekend, Leeds sits at 74 points, three points behind Fulham who sit in the final playoff spot for the Premier League. We will be in the Championship next season, barring a 14-goal win at Wigan on Sunday.
As part of his deal for 50 percent in January, Cellino — the former Cagliari owner — gave Radrizzani the option to purchase the remaining stake at the end of the season.
In other moves, Radrizzani has named Ivan Bravo — former Real Madrid chief — and West Ham’s managing director Angus Kinnear to the club’s board of directors. Reports are that Kinnear will be the club’s next chief executive.
Radrizzani is the co-founder and vice chairman of MP & Silva Worldwide, an international media company; chairman and founder of Eleven Sports Network and; chairman and founder of Play for Change. More about him can be found here, here, and here. (We love the guy.)
Oh, and of course, here:
A few questions come with this latest news from Elland Road:
1. What is the status of manager Garry Monk? Fans (including us) have been calling for Monk to get a long-term deal with the club but, so far, nothing. Could Radrizzani’s sole ownership push the Italian to solidifying club leadership ahead of the summer transfer window? Signs point to yes. Leeds has the option to renew the deal for a year, if Radrizzani so chooses.
2. What does it mean for current chief executive Ben Mansford? The former Barnsley man came to Elland Road in June last year. Would bringing Kinnear in from West Ham send Mansford packing (likely), or could there be another position within the club?
3. What about Elland Road? Radrizzani’s sole ownership could also clear the way for the club to buy back Elland Road (something the fans have wanted for some time now). Or, might Radrizzani decide it would be better to build anew?
So many questions. We’ll keep you updated as the drama plays out, and of course, Wigan is still to come on Sunday. Check back here at Through It All Together for more on Wigan, Radrizzani, Monk, and everything Leeds United in the days to come.